|Posted by Scott Metko on June 25, 2015 at 4:15 PM|
David Ball at Mercer Street Dancehall
Dripping Springs, TX. Grammy award-winning recording artist David Ball will perform at Mercer Street Dancehall on June 25th. The event is a step forward for the Dripping Springs live music venue that has become well-known over the past two-and-a-half year for showcasing local and regional talent. The performance at Mercer Street Dancehall is one of only three stops on the band's Texas tour.
Now a solo Nashville recording artist, David Ball began his professional music career in Austin as a member of the renown Uncle Walt's Band, widely acknowledged as the first Americana act. His recording of "Riding with Private Malone" climbed to #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 2001 and the title track from his platinum-certified album "Thinkin' Problem" was the top selling country song of 1994. He has released seven other studio albums.
David won a Grammy Award in 1995 for his rendition of "Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)" on the compilation album Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster. In 1997, Bob Dylan invited David to join artists Jerry Garcia, Bono, Willie Nelson and others to celebrate The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute. Later that year, David joined Bruce Springsteen onstage at the Kennedy Center to sing a tribute to Dylan at his Kennedy Center Honors award celebration.
David's performance at Mercer Street Dancehall will raise funds for Operation Troop Aid, a favorite charity of his that sends care packages to deployed US troops. 100% of the sales of OTA merchandise that night will benefit the charity.
Since it opened just over two years ago, Mercer Street Dancehall has brought a variety of live music to Dripping Springs, including country, bluegrass, Americana, Bayou, blues and rock. It hosts live music Thursday through Saturday nights, and a Wednesday night Open Mic, which welcomes professional and hobbyist musicians to perform onstage using the hall's great sound system.
Owners Nick and Gay Dotin renovated a former barn in downtown Dripping Springs, finishing it out with old wood siding, a large wooden dancefloor, a full bar with local beers on tap, air conditioning, an outdoor patio area, a tree-shaded yard with picnic tables and "the cleanest restroom around" according to Nick.
"Mercer Street Dancehall is my favorite new hall because it feels like an old one 'cept - it's cooler. It's got good air conditioning!" says musician Doug Moreland, whose band, The Flying Armadillos, plays most Thursday nights and will open for David Ball.