Rose Falcon, Frankie Ballard, and Rodney Atkins traded snow and ice for a little Florida sunshine this week. Their first stop was at Mavericks Rock N’ Honky Tonk in Jacksonville, FL to play before quite possibly the friendliest sold out crowd Ive ever seen.
— Frankie Ballard⚓️ (@FrankieBallard) January 24, 2014
Rose Falcon opened the show. She has a depth and passion that is missing in the industry at times and it comes through in her music. Her beautiful voice is only overshadowed by her smile. She performed a range of songs including songs written with her famous father, Billy Falcon. The energetic crowd joined in when she sang Eric Paslay’s “Friday Night“, a song she wrote with Eric and Rob Crosby. Rose ended her set with an appropriate cover of “American Girl“.
Me and some a my friends in Jacksonville, FL tonight… pic.twitter.com/wq7XHbRC0w
— Frankie Ballard⚓️ (@FrankieBallard) January 25, 2014
Frankie Ballard, quite honestly, blew me away. His single, “Helluva Life“, has climbed the charts and is a personal favorite but I didn’t expect to see such a range from him. He was charismatic on stage, at one point jumping on a barrel in the middle of adoring fans. He was funny and charming with the audience…even calling a recent divorcee to the stage, serenading her, ordering her a shot of Fireball Whiskey, and finally asking the crowd to make sure she didn’t text her ex. Frankie sang several songs from his upcoming album, Sunshine & Whiskey. Its safe to say after hearing the music on this album it moved to the top of my anticipated music list.
— Rodney Atkins (@RodneyAtkins) January 25, 2014
Rodney Atkins, adorned in his signature jeans and ball cap, commanded the stage in a confident no nonsense way and reminds us what country music is all about. He is country music…plain and simple. All of his songs boast strong lyrics that tell a relatable story and everyone knows the words…everyone. Listening to the Jacksonville crowd sing along to these powerful songs literally gave me chills. Rodney engages the audience in a way that makes you feel he is playing your back yard party and at times threw the microphone out in the audience for fans to take a turn in the spotlight. He ended the show with “If You’re Going Through Hell“, perhaps a perfect ending to wrap up an incredible show.
Sunshine & Whiskey is available for preorder now. Details at Frankie Ballard’s Facebook page. www.facebook.com/frankieballard