Newcomer Frankie Ballard took to the "Conan" stages this week to perform his very first No. 1 hit single "Helluva Life." Lifted from his newly released debut record "Sunshine & Whiskey," the singer crooned with ease on the big stage, truly owning his presence and rightful place in the industry.
Last week, Ballard's tune topped both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay charts. "My heart is overflowing,” he had shared on his website. “I'm so thankful to Country Radio for taking a chance on this song. I'm more than happy to play this one for the rest of my helluva life!"
The singer and guitarist was also recently invited to become an honorary "Friends and Family" member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, as previously reported. On Thursday, March 6, the budding talent dropped by the downtown Nashville landmark to meet the staff and tour the facilities and revered exhibits.
On his "Helluva Life," he previously spoke with Radio.com about the song and why he chose it as a single, “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.”