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Frankie Ballard becomes honorary 'Friends' member of Country Music Hall of Fame

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Country newcomer Frankie Ballard has a helluva life right now. The singer and guitarist, who recently dropped his "Sunshine & Whiskey" debut record, has been invited to become an honorary "Friends and Family" member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

On Thursday, March 6, the budding talent dropped by the downtown Nashville landmark to meet the staff and tour the facilities and revered exhibits.

Show Dog Universal artist Joel Crouse was also invited on Tuesday (March 11) for the honor. His new single is "Why God Made Love Songs."

With this single "Helluva Life" rising to the top of the country radio airplay charts, Ballard is set to join Jake Owen's upcoming Days Of Gold summer tour for select dates.

On the song, he told Radio.com last month, “The first time I ever heard ‘Helluva Life,’ it really moved me because it’s very parallel with the journey I’ve been on."

In 2011, Ballard released a self-titled EP, featuring the singles “Tell Me You Get Lonely” and “A Buncha Girls.” Despite neither becoming a hit, he took it as learning experience. “I’m more mature,” he said. “I feel like a better artist because of those things that I’ve been through. Because I’ve played in bars and honky-tonks and things that I’ve learned. I was selling beer long before I was selling myself as the product.”

“I knew that it would be that way for a lot of people,” Ballard noted of the new smash. “No matter what they are trying to achieve on their journey in life, it’s important to remember that those struggles, and the good times as well, everything together is what makes your life what it is. That statement of saying, ‘Man, it’s a helluva life,’ it just evokes some hope. It’s a coping mechanism for some people.”

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