For the second year in a row, Frankie Ballard will be lighting up the beaches of Fort Lauderdale when the Tortuga Music Festival gets underway this weekend. The singer-guitarist, currently riding the momentum of back-to-back Number One singles with "Helluva Life" and "Sunshine & Whiskey," is making a return appearance at Tortuga, the genre-crossing concert that seeks to raise awareness for ocean-conservation efforts.
Headlined this year by Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, the two-day Tortuga is the ultimate music fan getaway, Ballard says.
"The cool thing about Tortuga is you literally put people's feet in the sand and there's that ocean right there, so they have no choice but to be taken to a happier place. And that means something; that's tangible," he tells Rolling Stone Country. "When they take their shoes off and they get a drink, they're completely teed up to have a great time."
Along with Ballard, a Michigan native whose carpe diem single "Young & Crazy" is climbing the charts, the lineup includes Jake Owen, the Band Perry, Little Big Town and Sam Hunt, along with Will Hoge, the Cadillac Three and Colt Ford. Rock is also represented, from the classic variety of the Doobie Brothers to the Nineties nostalgia of the revived Sublime.
To preview Tortuga — and welcome the arrival of warm weather — the hard-rocking Ballard shared his Top 10 Summertime Party Songs. Spoiler alert: Don't expect any country.