1-CD with 12-page booklet, 22 tracks. Playing time approx. 66 mns.
Michael is one of the new acts on Bear Family. A native Texan, he writes exceptionally fine cameos of life and love, and sings in a rough-hewn voice. On this collection, he salutes his home state. The songs include The Greatest Texas Song, Dark Side Of The Dancefloor, Seminole County Jail, Rodeo Cool, and Blue Water.
Michael Ballew grew up in a trailer house, traveling from one small West Texas town to another. His father worked the oil fields, so it's not as unusual as it might seem. However, after about 25 years and 25 towns, his mom wanted a steady home for her two sons. They taped all the doors shut for the very last time and headed as far north as you can go and "still be in Texas, "to Perryton - where his dad started a waterwell drilling company.
At the age of 10, Ballew got his first real home and his first real guitar. Coming from a musical family, it wasn't long 'till the vastness of the Great Plains and a vivid imagina-tion molded the beginnings of a true Texas troubadour. Between the ages of 17 and 21 he played at all the Honky Tonks within reasonable driving distance of Perryton. Looking for new
places to play, he headed for that 60s music scene that was happen-ing in California and gave up all work that didn't pertain to music - forever. In Los Angeles he had no trouble getting full time work as a singer, songwriter, musician. In 1967 he signed his first 'major label' record-ing contract with White Whale Records and later went on to record for Columbia, Warner Brothers, Pentagram and EMI America.
After making it into the Hot 100 charts a few times with rock and roll groups, and opening shows for top acts such as Loggins & Mes-sina, Country Joe and the Fish, Steppenwolf, and Eric Burdon and the Animals, he yearned to go home to Texas and get back to his roots in country music.
Several Austin artists were al-ready recording Ballew's songs, so Austin seemed like the best bget -
and it was. The Austin music scene opened its arms wide to Michael Ballew, and it has remained his home base since 1976.
Playing throughout Texas, he has performed with Willie Nelson, As-leep At The Wheel, John Conlee, B.W. Stevenson, Doc Watson and Alan Jackson. He spent some time in Nashville writing with Mac Davis, David Wills, and LeRoy Parnell and has had his material recorded and performed by many top country and western artists. His songs have been heard on TV in the Dolly Parton Christmas Special and on movie soundtracks includ-ing 'Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure.'
With some Top 40 success of his own, Ballew is what he always wanted to be - a full time musician, writing, recording and performing his own brand of country music - in his home state of Texas, where the grass is always greener ....
|I Love Texas (CD) 1|
|1:||The Music Is Sweet|
|2:||The Greatest Texas Song|
|4:||Ain't No Future|
|5:||I Love Texas|
|12:||Take It Slow|
|14:||Your Daddy Don't Live In Heaven|
|16:||Seminole County Jail|
|18:||Dark Side Of The Dancefloor|
|19:||As Precious As You Are|
|20:||Women Love, Love|