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David Ball


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 hisown material.” (The Austin Chronicle) “Hot Water Pipe” was a satellite radio hit from this record.

Fourteen of his singles have entered the Billboard charts, including “Thinkin’ Problem” and “Riding WithPrivate Malone,” which made Ball one of the first artists to take an indie single to the Country Top 5. He hasrecorded a total of seven studio albums, including his platinum certified Thinkin’ Problem. The title trackwas the top selling country song of 1994.In 1997 Bob Dylan invited David to join artists like Jerry Garcia, Bono, and Willie Nelson to celebrate TheSongs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute (1997). Later that same year, Dylan became the first rock star ever toreceive Kennedy Center Honors, considered the nation’s highest award for artistic excellence. David joinedBruce Springsteen that evening, as they sang in tribute.

David grew up in Spartanburg, SC where he learned to play guitar but later honed his skills on the uprightbass, which led to a gig playing bass in Uncle Walt’s Band, credited as the first Americana act. Thelegendary trio was headed by Walter Hyatt and also included Champ Hood. A solo career led Ball toNashville where he signed a publishing deal and later, a recording contract. David’s music came full circlewhen 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 BeautifulDreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster. (2005)

In 2011, David released his first ever collection of Christmas music, The Greatest Christmas. In addition toa few holiday favorites, 6 compositions are brand new David Ball classics! As a special Christmas presentto his fans, he’s also included previously unreleased versions of two of his biggest hits.

In 2013 David Ball became one of the first living members to be inducted into the Historic SpartanburgMusic Trail in his hometown of Spartanburg SC, joining other notables such as Hank Garland, Don Reno,Buck Trent and the Marshall Tucker Band.

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 atevery show, with 100% of sales benefitting the charity. He currently appears in an international socialcampaign in support of the organization. On Dec 16 2016 David was honored with the Operation Troop AidChris Kyle Patriot Award.

Currently writing and recording new original material, David hopes to have new music ready for release in 2017.

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Video 5/24/2017: David Ball

From his #1 country hits—ranging from folk, Americana, roots, and a few trips into the American Songbook—David Ball and his music embody JFK’s values of Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude. Ball’s unique brand of southern storytelling will also include information about the Operation Troop Aid organization of which he is national spokesman.

Presented in collaboration with JFK Centennial Week.

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David Ball