Sunshine & Whiskey


Sunshine & Whiskey

April 14th, 2014

The narrator is bowled over by the beauty of his girl and each time she kisses him, “You hit me like fire, shot me like a bullet. Burned me up and down, no way to cool it. But every time you kiss me it's like sunshine and whiskey. It's like a bottle of Jack straight to the head. One shot, two shot, copper tone red. Every time you kiss me it's like sunshine and whiskey.”

Did you know?

  • As of September 8, 2014 “Sunshine & Whiskey” has peaked at number 14 on the US Hot Country Songs chart, number 39 on the Canada Country chart and number 69 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • The song received a favorable review from Taste of Country, calling the song "catchy and easy to appreciate from the very first listen" and predicting that "‘Sunshine & Whiskey’ should help [Ballard] establish himself as a newcomer to watch in 2014."
  • Frank Robert "Frankie" Ballard IV was born December 16, 1982 in Battle Creek, Michigan.
  • In the summer of 2008 Ballard signed up for Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star competition. After winning the competition for Michigan in 2008, Ballard also opened shows for Chesney at Michigan venues.
  • The album includes Ballard's debut single "Tell Me You Get Lonely" and "Helluva Life," which became Ballard's first Number One hit.
  • His influences fall everywhere from Bob Seger to Howlin' Wolf to Jerry Reed.
  • Sports-obsessed as a kid, he played baseball at Western Michigan University, while he gradually turned a minor interest in music into his main passion.
  • He studied guitarists, including blues great Buddy Guy, locking himself away until he could excel at the instrument. He began playing open mic nights and played drums in a band. By the time he was out of college, he was leading his own band, playing 200+ nights a year within a 300-mile radius and taking trips to Nashville once-a-month.