Vocalist and songwriter David Ball is a country artist whose music respects the traditions of classic honky tonk sounds while also leaving room for folk and blues accents. After earning a cult following with the acoustic country act Uncle Walt's Band, whose sound anticipated the Americana movement, Ball found fame with his 1994 album Thinkin' Problem and its title track, a superb exercise in neo-traditionalist country that often saw him compared to acts like George Strait and Randy Travis. In many respects, however, he had more in common with Dwight Yoakam in his mix of old-school sounds with a newfangled energy and sense of sonic adventure. While Thinkin' Problem was Ball's best and most popular album, after he left the major labels behind, he welcomed the freedom to embrace more traditional sounds on independent releases such as 2001's ...
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