Check out our full “Twitterview” with up-and-coming country artist Frankie Ballard. You asked the questions and we collected the answers.
AmerSongwriter: Do you remember the first song you wrote and how old were you? (@Justgina59)
FrankieBallard: I was 18 years old when I wrote my first song and it was called Old Virginia Lime…if you can call it a song!
AmerSongwriter: When did you start playing guitar? Was it hard to learn? (@HollyFolkerts)
FrankieBallard: When I was a senior in HS I started playing and it was hard at first, but I just kept wrenching on it!
AmerSongwriter: When can fans expect to hear more songs you have written? (@Donna121783)
FrankieBallard: New songs very soon! I’m gonna throw some acoustic versions up on Youtube to see what yall think!
AmerSongwriter: You’ve opened for both Bob Seger and Taylor Swift this year. What’s one thing that’s changed in your live show?
FrankieBallard: Being on these tours has made me a better performer! I find myself doing Seger moves and wishing I had Taylors BG dancers
AmerSongwriter: What was it like making your debut at The Grand Ole @Opry in January?
FrankieBallard: Making my Opry debut was a total honor, and it sounds cliche… but it was a dream come true
AmerSongwriter: You’ve said you’re a huge #Elvis fan. What’s your favorite Elvis song and why? (@AliceNcle)
FrankieBallard: My fav Elvis song is Burnin Love. I first learned it when I was 5 from the Aloha from Hawaii concert…
AmerSongwriter: Your guitar skills are unbelievable! Who was the most influential guitarist you listen to? (@NashvilleKate)
FrankieBallard: Stevie Ray Vaughan opened up a whole new world for me musically. I still find myself reachin for SRV licks!
AmerSongwriter: Growing up in Michigan, where Detroit “Motown Sound” & rock r king, how did you come to love country music? (@CMTRadioSam)
FrankieBallard: My Dad turned me on to Outlaw country when I was little….there’s a lot of country fans in motown:)
AmerSongwriter: What was it about country music that made you say “this is the genre I want to be a part of”?
FrankieBallard: I just love how country music relates to the listeners! it’s so real…also, when I started writing, that’s what came out!
AmerSongwriter: Do you have any advice for people thinking about learning to play the guitar?
FrankieBallard: If ur learnin 2 play guitar there’s one thing u need to know….it’s all about trigger time! keep your hands on that guitar!