Frankie Ballard takes stage at The House of Blues

Jasmine Garza , Editor-in-Chief

Opening up the night for Frankie Ballard on November 19 was newly signed Nashville based band A Thousand Horses. From their style to their performance on stage they are definitely a unique band. With a southern rock style and enthusiastic energies from stage the audience was well prepared for the rest of the night.

Michigan heartthrob Frankie Ballard took the stage at The House of Blues as the Light ‘em Up tour made its 12th stop in the center of downtown Houston. The House of Blues created the perfect venue for Ballards first ever headline tour. With the perfect amount of space and people The House of Blues created an up close and personal feel where the sound reached every ear smooth and clear so all could have an unforgettable experience.

Ballard’s country-rock style created an upbeat atmosphere for all to enjoy. Fan favorites were performed as well classics such as Johnny Cash’s A Boy Named Sue, Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock & Roll and ZZ Top’s La Grange after Ballard said, “This is the truth, I’m not just saying this.My favorite guitar of all time is Billy Gibbons.”

Although Ballard performed his up beat popular songs, he chose softer ballads such as Tell Me You Get Lonely and Don’t You Wanna Fall.

From up on stage the energy only seemed to be increasing with every stroke he  gave to his guitar, and when Ballard jumped into the crowd and started to make his way throughout The House of Blues the energy got higher.

The whole night was full of suprises and upbeat performances. From the start of the very first song to the end of the last the audience was left wanting more.

It is no question whether or not Ballard will succeed as an artist because he already has. Critics categorize him into groups with fellow Michigan natives, Uncle Kracker, Kid Rock and Bob Seger.

There is no experience that relates to attending a live show of any band. The energy and sound is one you can only experience by being in a crowd of more than 100 people joined together to appreciate music and all it has to offer.

After Ballard finishes his Light ‘em Up tour on  December 20, he will then take the road with Florida Georgia Line in 2015.