Frankie Ballard ‘Beyond Excited’ for Taylor Swift Tour
This week, Frankie Ballard was offered the opening slot of a lifetime on mega-superstar Taylor Swift's 2011 Speak Now World tour. The opportunity to play the large arenas, which are guaranteed sold-out houses each night, is what the 28-year-old singer has been dreaming about since moving to Nashville.
"I'll be on the very first leg of the tour," Frankie tells The Boot. "I am just beyond excited. I mean ... Taylor Swift is the biggest thing in music -- not just country music -- all music. It's going to be an incredible opportunity to get in front of her fans, who I think will dig my music."
Frankie's first night on the Speak Now tour is May 27 in Omaha, Neb. He will open a total of nine shows in seven cities over the course of May and June. Other openers on select dates for the remainder of the tour after Frankie include Randy Montana, James Wesley, Danny Gokey, Hunter Hayes, Josh Kelley and Charlie Worsham.
"To have the chance to open one date much less nine dates for her is such an honor," Frankie says. "I feel incredibly blessed. I can't wait to share my music with all of her fans!"
Frankie's latest single, 'A Buncha Girls,' which he co-wrote with Nashville's hottest writing trio the Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip), is at radio now. His forthcoming album on Warner Bros. Records is expected to be release later this summer. Until then, fans can log onto the singer's website to order a special 'Tour Six Pak' EP which includes his debut hit, 'Tell Me You Get Lonely.'