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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 13 tracks. Playing time approx. 45 mns. Making what they used to... more

Michael Ballew: You Better Hold On (CD)

1-CD with 20-page booklet, 13 tracks. Playing time approx. 45 mns.

Making what they used to call 'outlaw' music, Michael Ballew has absolutely nothing in common with the singing Ken and Barbie dolls coming out of Nashville. This is spare, underproduced music that allows the focus to settle firmly on the songs. Thirteen titles include, Damned Old Beer, Songs On The Radio, All Alone In San Antone, and Where Are The Rangers.

Michael Ballew
I would like to take credit for the idea of doing this CD, but Jurgen Koop gets the pat on the back.
While traveling together in Germany three years ago, he popped the idea of me going to Nashville and recording with the two Buddys: 'Emmons and Spicher'.

I wanted to hear some of their work, so Jurgen played a whole pile of tapes he just happened to have, and I couldn't believe it! I had heard of them all my life, but I had no idea that they played on almost all of the music I grew up on, and loved.

Needless to say, this is my very favorite project. Everyone that played on this CD joined in on the arrangements, and seemed to be happy with the songs, and the performances. A songwriter's dream - considering the people I was working with.

I would like to thank everyone who gave their talent and time for the enjoyment of myself and hopefully, my fans. I can cock my hat back, point at this CD, and truthfully say - "Dig This". Thank you.
Michael Ballew

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  • Interpret: Michael Ballew

  • Album titlle: You Better Hold On (CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode AH
  • Year of publication 1995
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127158963

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Ballew, Michael - You Better Hold On (CD) CD 1
01 Blue To The Bone
02 Livin' In Limbo
03 Nothin' On Me
04 Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes
05 Texas Gal
06 Blue Water
07 Boot Scootin'
08 Your Memory Is Better Than Mine
09 You Better Hold On
10 Hill Country Wine
11 For The Honey
12 Dig In, Get Tough
13 Today Will Never End
MICHAEL BALLEW   Daddy Don't Live In Heaven  In 1980 I took a trip to Los Angeles... more
"Michael Ballew"

MICHAEL BALLEW  

Daddy Don't Live In Heaven 

In 1980 I took a trip to Los Angeles to show several of my songs to a friend of mine, John English. At the time John was working for Val Garay who owned a state of the art studio, Record One in Sherman Oaks, and was at the peak of his career after producing and winning awards from the latest Kim Carnes 'Betty Davis Eyes' albumJohn liked the song Bob Moulds and I wrote Daddy Don't Live In Heaven so much, he suggested we cut it along with several other songs I wrote to see if he could find a record deal for me. The sessions came out great and every major label we went to wanted to sign me on the power of this one song. We settled on Liberty Records, the newly revived label of the past, that was now under the EMI America umbrella.

Liberty was so sure they had a hit and potential star on their hands, they gave us a handsome budget to complete an album. Although six of my original compositions are on this album, the top dogs at the label thought it best for John to take a trip to Nashville to collect the remainder of the material. They wanted the emphasis on dance music instead of lyrical content so we proceeded with what we felt was the most danceable, commercial songs he could find.

Just about the time Liberty released Daddy Kenny Rogers sued Liberty Records and won 13 million dollars in back royalties. We fought with them tooth and nail, but it became clear they just didn't have enough money or resources left to properly promote all the singles they were releasing. Of course they were concentrating on their established artists, but even without adequate promotion, Daddy Don't Live In Heaven advanced onto the charts. Liberty then quickly released a tune John and I wrote Pretending Fool and with no promotion at all, climbed faster and further on the charts than the first single.

Of interest is the fact that when John English was shopping for songs in Nashville, the publisher for Lionel Richie gave the song Oh No to him and told us we could record it because he didn't think Lionel was going to release it. Oh No was scheduled to be my third single. It later went on to be a huge pop hit for Lionel. Such is life!


Despite the warm reception my records received from disc jockeys and fans, Liberty released me from my contract along with almost all the Liberty roster at the time, about 25 total artists – so the album was never issued and started gathering dust in the tape graveyard.

I was never sure what I thought of the Nashville songs, or my vocal approach to this album. I was singing my heart out trying to drive the band along thinking "I'll get to sing these again for real after the band gets their parts", but John and Val thought the first takes were great, so all the vocals are the originals. Now, as I listen to the album after all these years, I like it. As a matter of fact, it sound somewhat '90s line dance. Very high energy!

So boys and girls – put on your dancing shoes!

The musicians backing me up on these songs basically consist of the then Kim Carnes Band. They had absolutely no concept of country music, but they could sure rock the hell out of it. A good rock band playing country music. Sound familiar!

I hope, you enjoy it. We sure had fun making it and I'm glad after all these years it has been digitally revived and found a new home with Bear Family Records. - MICHAEL BALLEW

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Tracklist
Ballew, Michael - You Better Hold On (CD) CD 1
01 Blue To The Bone
02 Livin' In Limbo
03 Nothin' On Me
04 Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes
05 Texas Gal
06 Blue Water
07 Boot Scootin'
08 Your Memory Is Better Than Mine
09 You Better Hold On
10 Hill Country Wine
11 For The Honey
12 Dig In, Get Tough
13 Today Will Never End