David Ball : Bio
SPARTANBURG SC, August 2013. David Ball was among the first living members to be inducted into the Historic Spartanburg Music Trail in his hometown. David joined other notables such as Hank Garland, Don Reno, Buck Trent and the Marshall Tucker Band.
His latest studio release, Sparkle City, is vintage David Ball. “...he glides between swing, honky-tonk, blues, and even a touch of Tex-Mex with the ease of George Strait, the difference being Ball composes his own material.” (The Austin Chronicle) His contemporaries are not the usual suspects from Top 40 radio. Ball’s spirit and music are more closely aligned with multi-genre eclectic legends, the likes of Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt & Lyle Lovett.
Fourteen of his singles have entered the Billboard charts, including “Thinkin’ Problem” and “Riding With Private Malone,” which made Ball one of the first artists to take an indie single to the Country Top 5. He has recorded a total of seven studio albums, including his platinum certified Thinkin’ Problem.
David grew up in Spartanburg, SC where he learned to play guitar but later honed his skills on the upright bass, which led to a gig playing bass in Uncle Walt’s Band, credited as the first Americana act. The legendary trio was headed by Walter Hyatt and also included Champ Hood. A solo career led Ball to Nashville where he signed a publishing deal and later, a recording contract.
David’s music came full circle when Lyle Lovett reached back into Uncle Walt’s Band repertoire to include one of David’s early songs, “Don’t You Think I Feel It Too” on his 2009 disc, Natural Forces.
David won a Grammy Award for the song “Old Folks At Home (Swanee River)” from the album Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster. (2005)
In 1997 Bob Dylan invited David to join artists like Jerry Garcia, Bono, and Willie Nelson to celebrate The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute (1997). Later that same year, Dylan became the first rock star ever to receive Kennedy Center Honors, considered the nation’s highest award for artistic excellence. David joined Bruce Springsteen that evening, as they sang in tribute.
In 2011, David released his first ever collection of Christmas music, The Greatest Christmas. In addition to a few holiday favorites, 6 compositions are brand new David Ball classics! As a special Christmas present to his fans, he’s also included previously unreleased versions of two of his biggest hits.
David continues to honor the military by teaming up with the charitable organization, Operation Troop Aid. The 501c3 sends care packages to deployed US troops. OTA merchandise is available for purchase at every show, with 100% of sales benefitting the charity. He currently appears in a national TV campaign in support of the organization.
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