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Frankie Ballard: Presented by B104.7

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Frankie Ballard: Presented by B104.7
w/ Small Town Shade
Friday, January 27, 2017 8:00 PM
The Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
  • All Ages
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  • Ticket Price: $25.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
All ages admitted
Frankie Ballard:

When Frankie Ballard was growing up in Battle Creek, Michigan, his father played him one classic album over and over again: Marty Robbins' Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, featuring Robbins' signature hit "El Paso." Now Ballard, a quick-draw guitarist and rough-hewn singer, has cut his own metaphorical gunfighter album, decamping from Nashville to a gritty El Paso studio to record the follow-up to his 2014 breakout Sunshine & Whiskey.

For Ballard, who scored three consecutive Number One singles off Sunshine & Whiskey - "Helluva Life," the title track and "Young & Crazy" - it was imperative that he leave behind the safety of Nashville for the wilds of the Mexico border. Setting up shop at the famed Sonic Ranch, just south of El Paso in Tornillo, Texas, Ballard, producer Marshall Altman (Sunshine & Whiskey) and his band threw themselves headlong into the music, eating and sleeping at the studio. Their goal: make a bona fide album.


Small Town Shade: Winners of the 2016 Modern Country Break Through Band of the Year Award at the Josie Music Awards held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN.! Formed in the summer of 2015, Small Town Shade began as a duo with cousins Nick Stark and Aaron Craig playing small, local venues around their hometown of Cortland, NY. They soon found themselves booking gigs at larger venues and realized that, to achieve the sound they were looking for, they needed to expand. The duo was soon joined by Rocco Rich and Mike Marcey in early October 2015, with Alex Faucett joining in January 2016.

Small Town Shade quickly began generating
 a buzz on social media and in the CNY music scene. Known for their energetic performances and an extensive variety of songs from multiple genres, it wasn't long before the guys found their schedule filling up quickly. Soon, they began getting opening slot offers for some of country music's hottest acts. Since October 2015, they have shared the stage with Granger Smith (Earl Dibbles Jr.), Joel Crouse, Stevie Monce, Love & Theft, Old Dominion, Parmalee, Jacob Powell, Tyler Farr, and Frankie Ballard. In only a few short months together, they were nominated for a Syracuse Area Music Award for People's Choice 2016. They have also achieved radio success with their single "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" playing on country radio and earning two Josie Show Award nominations for 2016 Song of The Year and Best New Group/Duo.

The fall of 2016 brought on a line-up change with the addition of Jeremy Barbour on the electric guitar. After playing nearly 90 live shows in their first year together, Small Town Shade has proven to be a staple in the CNY music scene. Currently,
 they are finishing up the writing process for their EP, expected to be released in the Fall of 2016. Make sure you get out to a Small Town Shade show if you haven't already. You won't be disappointed. as they are sure to get you on your feet and singing along.

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