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Sunshine & Whiskey is the second studio album by American country music artist Frankie Ballard. It was released on February 11, 2014 via Warner Bros. Records.[1][2] The album includes Ballard's debut single "Tell Me You Get Lonely" and "Helluva Life," which became Ballard's first Number One hit.[3][4] "Don't Tell Mama" was under the title "Don't Tell Mama I Was Drinking" and originally recorded by Ty Herndon on his 1996 album Living in a Moment.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[5]
The Oakland Press3/4 stars11px11px11px[6]
Roughstock4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[7]
USA Today2.5/4 stars11px11px11px[8]

Sunshine & Whiskey received generally positive reviews from four music critics. At USA Today, Brian Mansfield rated the album two-and-a-half stars out of four, writing that Ballard's "got an appealing rock delivery, and the songs get more thoughtful as he goes along, right to the tragedy at the end."[8] Gary Graff of The Oakland Press rated the album three out of four stars, stating that it is "evident throughout these 11 songs [are] highly contagious", and they "go down like a well-aged single malt."[6] At AllMusic, Steve Leggett rated the album three-and-a-half out of five stars, saying that "most contemporary country fans should love this album, and there are tracks here where Ballard hits everything right, rising above the commercially generic with energy and intelligence."[5] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock rated the album four stars out of five, stating how Ballard stays true to himself on the album.[7]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Young & Crazy"Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally3:00
2."Sunshine & Whiskey"Jaren Johnston, Luke Laird3:02
3."It Don't Take Much"Frankie Ballard, Jon Nite3:18
4."Helluva Life"Rodney Clawson, Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins3:52
5."Drinky Drink"Johnston, Laird2:59
6."Tell Me You Get Lonely"Dallas Davidson, Marty Dodson3:09
7."Sober Me Up"Davidson, Gorley3:37
8."I'm Thinking Country"Marcel Chagnon, David Lee Murphy2:51
9."Tip Jar"Monty Criswell3:53
10."Don't You Wanna Fall"Travis Meadows, Jeremy Spillman3:54
11."Don't Tell Mama I Was Drinking"Buddy Brock, Jerry Laseter, Kim Williams4:14
Total length:37:57

Personnel

Musicians

  • Mike Johnson – steel guitar
  • Jaren Johnston – beat box
  • David LaBruyerebass guitar
  • Luke Laird – beat box
  • Troy Lancaster – electric guitar
  • Tim Lauer – harmonica, keyboards, organ, piano
  • Cassandra Lawson – background vocals
  • Tony Lucido – bass guitar
  • Jeremy Lutito – bass guitar, drums
  • Sonya McDole – handclapping, background vocals
  • Rob McNelley – electric guitar
  • Richard Madenfort – electric guitar
  • Geneva Manchester – handclapping, background vocals
  • Helen Miles – handclapping, background vocals
  • Greg Morrow – drums
  • Jason Mowery – acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin

  • Russ Pahl – steel guitar
  • Carmen Plumb – handclapping, background vocals
  • Alison Prestwood – bass guitar
  • Danny Rader – acoustic guitar
  • Rich Redmond – percussion
  • Anna Riggi – handclapping, background vocals
  • Dean Riggi – handclapping, background vocals
  • Eddie Robinson – electric guitar, slide guitar
  • Amanda Shelton – handclapping, background vocals
  • Tawnie Shelton – handclapping, background vocals
  • Adam Shoenfeld – electric guitar
  • Lisa Torres – background vocals
  • Ilya Toshinsky – banjo, resonator guitar
  • John Wilson – handclapping, background vocals
  • Kim Wilson – handclapping, background vocals

Production
  • Marshall Altman – digital editing, overdub engineer, producer, vocal engineer
  • LeAnn Bennett – production coordinator
  • Drew Bollman – mixing assistant
  • Pete Coleman – engineer, mixing
  • Paul "Paco" Cossette – assistant engineer
  • Brandon Epps – editing engineer
  • Shalacy Griffin – production assistant
  • Mike "Frog" Griffith – production coordinator
  • Scott Hendricks – producer
  • Erik "Keller" Jahner – mixing assistant
  • Scott Johnson – production assistant
  • Jaren Johnston – programming
  • Peter King – digital editing
  • Michael Knox – producer
  • Luke Laird – programming
  • Steve Marcantonio – engineer
  • Sam Martin – assistant engineer
  • Andrew Mendelson – mastering
  • Justin Niebank – mixing
  • Reid Shippen – engineer, mixing
  • Angela Talley – assistant engineer
  • Shane Tarleton – creative director
  • Chris Tompkins – programming

Chart performance

The album debuted at No. 5 in the Top Country Albums chart, and No. 35 in the Billboard 200, with sales of 11,000 for the week.[9] As of August 2015, the album has sold 95,400 copies in the US.[10]

Weekly charts

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 35
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[12] 5

Year-end charts

Chart (2014) Position
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[13] 68

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country
[14]
US Country Airplay
[15]
US
[16]
CAN Country
[17]
CAN
[18]
2013 "Helluva Life" 8 1 51 8 67
2014 "Sunshine & Whiskey" 5 1 57 4 75
2015 "Young & Crazy" 8 1 55 3 68

References

  1. Shelburne, Craig (January 1, 2014). "Frankie Ballard, Cole Swindell Plan February Albums". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  2. Hudak, Joseph (January 2, 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: Frankie Ballard Reveals New Album Cover and Track List". Country Weekly. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  3. Hollabaugh, Lorie (January 3, 2014). "Frankie Ballard Shares Track Listing For 'Sunshine & Whiskey'". MusicRow. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  4. Bjorke, Matt (January 3, 2014). "Franke [sic] Ballard "Sunshine & Whiskey" Tracklist and Cover Art". Roughstock. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Leggett, Steve (February 10, 2014). "Sunshine & Whiskey - Frankie Ballard". AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Graff, Gary (February 7, 2014). "The Listening Room: Eric Church, Frankie Ballard and more". The Oakland Press. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bjorke, Matt (February 11, 2014). "Album Review: Frankie Ballard - Sunshine & Whiskey". Roughstock. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mansfield, Brian (February 10, 2014). "Listen Up: Notable new releases". USA Today. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  9. Bjorke, Matt (February 19, 2014). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of February 19, 2014: Eric Church Blows Doors Off The Charts With "The Outsiders", Scotty McCreery Passes 200k". Roughstock. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  10. Matt Bjorke (August 11, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report for August 11, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here
  11. Template:BillboardID/F/Template:BillboardEncode/F/chart?f=305 "Frankie Ballard – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Frankie Ballard.
  12. "Template:BillboardID/F/Template:BillboardEncode/F/chart?f=320 Frankie Ballard – Chart history" Billboard Top Country Albums for Frankie Ballard.
  13. "Top Country Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  14. using Billboard ID with invalid artist%5d%5d/%5b%5b:Template:BillboardEncode/F%5d%5d/chart?f=357 "Frankie Ballard Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs" Check |url= value (help). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  15. using Billboard ID with invalid artist%5d%5d/%5b%5b:Template:BillboardEncode/F%5d%5d/chart?f=1226 "Frankie Ballard Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay" Check |url= value (help). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  16. using Billboard ID with invalid artist%5d%5d/%5b%5b:Template:BillboardEncode/F%5d%5d/chart?f=344 "Frankie Ballard Album & Song Chart History - Bubbling Under Hot 100" Check |url= value (help). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  17. using Billboard ID with invalid artist%5d%5d/%5b%5b:Template:BillboardEncode/F%5d%5d/chart?f=1240 "Frankie Ballard Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country" Check |url= value (help). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  18. using Billboard ID with invalid artist%5d%5d/%5b%5b:Template:BillboardEncode/F%5d%5d/chart?f=793 "Frankie Ballard Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100" Check |url= value (help). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 

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