Grammy Award winning artist, David Ball, has recorded a total of nine studio albums, including his platinum certified debut "Thinkin' Problem", on the Warner Bros label. The title track from the album was the top selling country song of 1994. The album also produced the singles "When the Thought of You Catches Up with Me", "Look What Followed Me Home", "What Do You Want With His Love", and "Honky Tonk Healin'". Fourteen of Ball's singles have entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The single, "Riding with Private Malone", from David's 2001 album, "Amigo", released on the Dualtone label, reached a peak of No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts (now Hot Country Songs) chart, and No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1995, the Country Music Association (CMA) nominated Ball in three award categories for: "Horizon Award", "Album of the Year", and "Song of the Year". Also in 1995, the Grammy Awards nominated Ball for "Best Male Country Vocal Performance" for "Thinkin' Problem". David won a Grammy Award for the song “Old Folks At Home (Swanee River)” from the album Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster in 2005.
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David grew up in Spartanburg, SC where he learned to play guitar but later honed his skills on the upright bass, which led to a gig playing bass in "Uncle Walt’s Band", credited as the first Americana act. The legendary trio was headed by Walter Hyatt and also included Champ Hood. A solo career led Ball to Nashville where he signed a publishing deal and later, a recording contract with Warner Bros.
In 1997 Bob Dylan invited David to join artists Van Morrison, Dickey Betts, Alison Krauss And Union Station, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Earle & The V-Roys, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Bono, John Mellencamp, Aaron Neville, Dwight Yoakam, Iris DeMent, and Willie Nelson, to celebrate and record and album titled, "The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute", released on Columbia/Egyptian Records. Later that same year, Dylan became the first rock star ever to receive Kennedy Center Honors, considered the nation’s highest award for artistic excellence. David joined Bruce Springsteen and Shirley Caesar that evening, as they sang in tribute. There is universal acclaim for the version of “Don’t Think Twice” that David Ball rendered with the backing of longtime Dylan guitarist, G.E. Smith.
In 2009, David’s music came full circle when Lyle Lovett reached back into Uncle Walt’s Band repertoire to include one of David’s early songs, "Don’t You Think I Feel It Too”, on Lovett's, "Natural Forces" album.
In 2011, David released his first ever collection of Christmas music, The Greatest Christmas. In addition to a few holiday favorites, 6 compositions are brand new David Ball classics! As a special Christmas present to his fans, he’s also included previously unreleased versions of two of his biggest hits.
In 2013 David Ball became one of the first living members to be inducted into the Historic Spartanburg Music Trail in his hometown of Spartanburg SC, joining other notables such as Hank Garland, Don Reno, Buck Trent and the Marshall Tucker Band.
On May 24, 2017, David performed as part of the JFK Centennial Celebration. According to a statement released on the Kennedy Center website, “David Ball and his music embody JFK’s values of Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude". Ball's performance included a tribute to US Troops, featuring his 2001 hit, “Riding With Private Malone.”
Look for David in multiple episodes of RFD-TV’s Country’s Family Reunion, available on DVD. He was featured in “God Bless America Again” (2014), “Tribute to Ray Price” (2015), “Honky Tonk Reunion” (2015). He debuted on Larry’s Country Diner, October 2015. Currently writing and recording new original material, David hopes to have new music ready for release in early 2018.
David continues to honor the military by teaming up with the charitable organization, Operation Troop Aid. The 501c3 sends care packages to deployed US troops. OTA merchandise is available for purchase at every David Ball show, with 100% of sales benefiting the charity. He currently appears in a national TV campaign in support of the organization. On Dec 16 2016, David was honored with the Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award.
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