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Calvin Luna Balli

Calvin Luna Balli

Singer Songwriter / Progressive Rock / Texas Soul Houston, TX  US
Ghost Horse
Ghost Horse
Kid Russell
Kid Russell
The Roundup
The Roundup
LadyFriend
LadyFriend
Hoovers Pig
Hoovers Pig

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Ghost Horse - Lyric Video

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  • Calvin Luna Balli (Artist)
    Calvin Luna Balli
    The current lineup of songs for my new album "Storytellin a tribute to Charles Marion Russell", is as listed above. I want to thank the Charles Marion Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana for stewarding the personal art and memory of Kid Russell and I wrote my story in song for the generation of fans of Charlie's. Thank you Charlie and Nancy for letting me introduce your importance to the future of artistic expression.
  • Calvin Luna Balli (Artist)
    Calvin Luna Balli
    One of the highlights for my new Storytellin' album is a hauntingly beautiful song called Ghost Horse of which my wife made a lyric video. I have written it as if cowboy painter Charles Marion Russell is singing to his audience, the story of a pony he bought from an Indian. Monte was shot during a skirmish and left for dead then rose up again to become Charlie's beloved companion for 25 years. It's an emotional song for me to sing since I knew Charlie loved his old friend. This story is my interpretation of the original narrative of The Ghost Horse written by the Great Falls, Montana painter/sculptor. This simple song was also written to honor of all those old dear friends we knew who are now gone. I used a Casio CTK for the keyboards, drum track, and a Fender P-Bass. I also added four vocal tracks. Sing with Charlie...La La La La La La La La La... Run Run Monte my old friend, we'll make camp just around the bend... See more at: http://www.calvinballimusic.com
  • Calvin Luna Balli (Artist)
    Calvin Luna Balli
    Off She Went is the final song for my album, Storytellin', a tribute to Charles Marion Russell. It has taken me over three years to put together. In this song Charlie is singing around a campfire with his cowboy and Indian buddies. They are playing various sticks, cowbells, and percussion instruments to accompany Charlie who is feeling down because Nancy was gone. In the last 10 years of Charlie's life, Nancy would often leave the retreat they were visiting due to her being sickly and moody. Also, Charlie was 10 years older and was stuck on his old ways. There was a lot of tension in their marriage but through all the pain, there was Charlie's art. Nancy would leave to sell his work to the affluent often across the country, which would take weeks of travel. During these times, Charlie was miserable without her. This hauntingly beautiful song was first written by myself and Richard Dale McKinney nearly thirty years ago. I used my guitar part of the song and tweaked it to tell Charlie and Nancy's story. With the chemistry of music writing I produced a spacey theme of Charles in heaven during the sound mixing. I like to think that Charlie's spirit is speaking to me through the ages. I am honored to be part of history in this tribute. As I write this, my wife is leaving me for ten days to go on a much needed vacation with her sister and brother in law to New Mexico. I will be lost without my woman and feeling like Charlie often did. When she gets back we will master the album's tracks for release. So here is my final song for the album, Off She Went.
  • Sami (Artist)
    Sami
    Amazing ....honored to meet you ....wishing you love ...joy & happiness ...love & respect
  • Calvin Luna Balli (Artist)
    Calvin Luna Balli
    Who's Playing Bass With Calvin Luna Balli? It was around the spring of 2010 that I first caught wind of a complicated and talented man named Ned Mefford when my wife posted an ad on Craigslist. We were searching for a bass player and other musicians for a band I was forming. Gretchen, his wife, saw the posting and followed up with my wife to get us guys (and other musicians) together one weekend. Ned and I played a few originals, our wives adored each other then became fast friends, and the rest is music history. If you haven't heard Ned play before, he's an extremely good jazz bassist. Since our first meeting, we have been jamming, recording, and playing a few open mic gigs. Now I would like to say a few words about my friend, musician and storyteller from some of his own experiences: Ned was born October 28, 1952 in Henderson, Kentucky and was baptized in 1984. As a child he played flute and became very good at it. During his junior year in high school he excelled in playing his instrument and performed for many years after that. He became a hippie and moved to Oklahoma. In 1973 Ned moved to Seabrook, Texas and worked with a 5th generation Sailmaker then soon became a captain and marine navigator logging approximately 28,000 nautical miles. It was around this time that he met drummer/guitarist Dan Turner with similar musical tastes. They hooked up and Ned purchased a Rickenbacker stereo bass. He also purchased a Peavey bass amp with 15” small stack. I know Ned's musical style and I can hear his music now...Awesome! Ned joined up with some fellow musicians and became a really good band called Surge. They could have been famous on a greater stage had they advertised more. I know, since I heard a Surge CD recorded back then. The band was very polished and jazzy at times with many harmonies. They reminded me of King Krimson, Little Feat and a jazzy Joe Jackson. Unfortunately, they went through a slew of lead guitar players (all with different ideas and attitudes) then as do all great groups they broke up. – I can personally relate to this type of experience since years have gone by and my own past bands, Wizard and Eclipse, broke up. I had an attitude problem and am not very proud of it. We too should have gotten a recording contract and became famous. I guess I never tried hard enough to do so until now. About a year ago, Ned and I recorded a song that is now on my website called Jake Hoover's Pig. We nailed it on the second take. He couldn't have played bass any better since it was perfect! When I originally laid down the vocal track, I read my interpretation of Charles Marion Russell's story with a few embellishments. I vocalized my storytellin' as if Charlie was telling the account but never did I dream that when I added the music tracks of Ned and me playing, that it fit perfectly to create the mood I was seeking. He is a serious bass player and is the best I have ever played with. I want to thank you my friend for recording with me and for future good times. You can catch Ned around the Houston area playing with Third Coast Swing and with a jazzy The Good Luck Trio. He also plays in Texas' famous Kerrville Folk Festival every year and at local open mic nights. Check out this dynamic bass player, singer, songwriter when you can. You will be hearing some new stuff from us soon since I am working on some cool melodic originals that will feature Ned as lead bassist. I can't wait to start playing live at a venue near you!
  • Calvin Luna Balli (Artist)
    Calvin Luna Balli
    Payne Stewart – My Favorite Golfer In 1966, I first learned how to play golf as a kid at the Quito, Ecuador golf course. I fell in love with the game and have been playing ever since. My late younger brother DJ and I would play every chance we got and he almost surpassed me in skill during our adult lives. My best round was a 74. I barely beat my brother who shot his best at 76. We were good. These days, I don't play very much but practice hitting a ball in my yard and at the local driving range. The U.S. Open begins this week at the legendary Pinehurst #2 golf course in North Carolina, which is the most difficult in the world. In 1999, Payne Stewart beat Phil Mickelson in a sudden death challenge at this site and he will always be immortalized as he posed with his leg kicked back and his right arm extended while clutching his winning ball. Today, I saw a picture of Payne's daughter posing the same posture as her famous dad who died in a plane crash the year he won. I tear up when I think of what her dad meant to me. One Saturday during the 1995 Shell Houston Open, I brought a friend, Keith, to watch the tournament and to possibly obtain Payne Stewart's autograph since he was the Tiger Woods of that time. Payne was a devout christian who brought back into golfing fashion the colorful knickers and tam o'shanter hats of old to the game. He was always a classy guy and not like the arrogant stuffy guys of today's professional tour. Keith and I were following Payne's group, eager to get an autograph on my favorite golf hat – a baseball cap, which already had at least six other famous signatures of past major winners on it. After hitting a beautiful tee shot down a fairway, he began walking with a bunch of us tailing him when I noticed he was signing my friend's tournament brochure ahead of me. Keith yelled back at me and said “Hurry Cal, he'll sign your hat.” As Payne was still walking he turned around and saw me waving my hat and picked me out of the crowd saying, “Well, do you want me to sign it?” I tore through the crowd and he stopped to autograph my hat. He asked me where to sign it so I told him on the brim. Payne signed it with a beautiful smile and commented on the logo which had The United States of Texas with the lone star at the center. He said “cool hat”, then left to the next hole. He won the tournament the next day. Payne died on October 25, 1999 in a plane crash which devastated the golf world. I can't think of another professional player that would have stopped in mid-tournament to say those kind words to me...much less sign my hat. So I would like to say to Payne today, Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray to my favorite golfer! He is in heaven watching the show this weekend where he made the most important putt of his life. He went to SMU in Dallas but was born in Missouri. We Texans still honor him as one of our own. I personally will never forget him. http://calvinballimusic.com/cals_stories/

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  • Calvin Luna Balli at The Grand Canyon
  • Calvin Luna Balli on Oregon's Harris Beach
  • Cal in Arizona - Montezumas Castle

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Calvin Luna Balli

Calvin Luna Balli

Composer, Original Musician, Singer Songwriter, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Vocals

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Sounds Like: Pete townsend, Robbie Robertson

Bio: I was born in Galveston, Texas when new technology in music would have a profound difference for the future. My father enlisted in the Army and soon got married and started a family. He took my family to many exotic locations around the world. He loved Elvis Presley and Ray Charles and would ofte...See Full Bio

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The Ghost Horse Story
Feb 28, 2015

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The Search for Quito's Gold
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Q: Who's playing bass on Jake's Pig?

A: Ned Mefford. Thanks.

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