SPARTANBURG SC, Spring 2013. David Ball will be among the first living members to be inducted into the Historic Spartanburg Music Trail in his hometown.
His latest studio release, Sparkle City, is vintage David Ball. It’s simple and sophisticated; jazzy, swingy, bluesy with a touch of Tex-Mex and a little Latin flavor. He writes from the heart and the beat is in the sincerity of every word.
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. The 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 won a Grammy Award for the song “Old Folks At Home (Swanee River)” from the album Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster. (2005)
Bob Dylan invited him to join artists like Jerry Garcia, Bono, and Willie Nelson on The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute (1997). Later that year, David joined Bruce Springsteen as they performed at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception, celebrating Dylan’s impact on American music.
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.
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