“Out chillin’ on a beach,” Frankie Ballard sings in the opening line of “Sunshine and Whiskey,” his Top 15 (and climbing) hit. But he avoids the clichéd, bikini-littered beach party for the song’s video, instead filming it in a small Pueblo village in southern California. Sure, there’s the hot video vixen to help the country singer play out the steamy lyrics, but he’s also joined by a few locals in a round (or four) of shots in the unique setting. Watch the video above.
“Sunshine and Whiskey” is the title track to Ballard’s latest album, which highlights his guitar prowess and gravitation towards the more rocking side of country music.
“All my influences go into a pot like a big ole stew,” he tells Rolling Stone Country, “and it tastes like all the years I spent trying to play the guitar like Stevie Ray Vaughn. It tastes like Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. And if it comes out bluesy, then so be it.”
Ballard is gearing up for his first headlining tour, set to begin October 19th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Thousand Horses will open the 19-city run.
“Killer venues, all my buddies and no rules… I feel like somebody gave me the keys to the castle,” says the Michigan-born musician.