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Frankie Ballard Mixing Country Twang With Classic Rock


(Undated) -- Frankie Ballard says his look and his sound are simply "about being honest." The singer tells "Rolling Stone Country" the changes in his music and appearance between his first and second albums reflect him "doing what came naturally." And for Frankie, what's natural and honest is a blend of traditional country and classic rock 'n' roll. He admits a lot of country singers today are tapping hip-hop influences, but he's more inspired by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Elvis. Meanwhile, Frankie went retro country with his wardrobe at this spring's ACM Awards, wearing a new Manuel suit -- his gift to himself for topping the chart with "Helluva Life."

And Ballard is hoping to bring a classic sound back to country radio as well. He explains that he wants the more traditional sounding "Don't Tell Mama I Was Drinking" to be his next single. Frankie says he believes that song "still scares some people," but he's going to "push for it." If he gets his way, "Don't Tell Mama" will be Frankie's third release from his album "Sunshine & Whiskey," following "Helluva Life" and the title track.

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