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Lyle Lovett alumni unite for Smith's Olde Bar Show

Posted by Scott Metko on February 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

                  ALTANTA, GA – Grammy Award winner David Ball will join Atlanta’s R&B legend Francine Reed for the first time, at Smith’s Olde Bar on Saturday Feb 4th.

                  Reed is best known for her sultry vocals backing up troubadour Lyle Lovett.  Ball is a founding member of Americana pioneers, Uncle Walt’s Band.  Coming up together in the same Austin TX music scene in the 70’s, Lovett would often open shows for UWB.  Coming full circle in 2009, he reached back into Uncle Walt’s repertoire to include one of Ball’s early UWB hits, “Don’t You Think IFeel It Too” on his 2009 disc, Natural Forces.  Over the years, both men have collaborated on the other’s records, in addition to the solo recordings of UWB’s front man, Walter Hyatt.

                   Bob Dylan asked Ball to add a song to The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers – A Tribute and won a Grammy for his contribution to the 2005 collection Beautiful Dreamer-The Songs of Stephen Foster.  He was one of the first artists to take an independent release to the Country Top 5, with 2002’s “Riding With Private Malone.”

                   Reed has appeared with Miles Davis, Stanle yJordan, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, and The Crusaders.  In 1985, she began recording and touring with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. Reed has also appeared on recordings by Delbert McClinton, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison.

                   Ball is currently on tour in support of his ninth studio album, Sparkle City, being backed by his band, The Pioneer Playboys, the same band used on record.  The Austin Chronicle said of the album, “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.”

                  Show begins at 8.  For ticket information, contact Smith’s at 404-875-1522 or



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