Frankie Ballard Celebrates First No. 1 Hit, “Helluva Life”

Party keeps songwriters in and out of the Pour House.

photo by Bruce Newland

The setting may have been more appropriate to celebrate the success of “Sunshine & Whiskey,” but the music industry crowd gathered at Nashville’s Pour House restaurant and pub didn’t care. They were there to toast the chart-topping success of Frankie Ballard’s first No. 1, “Helluva Life,” and whiskey, wine, water and lots of congratulations and awards were on tap.

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March 29, 2014 No.1 “Helluva Life” Frankie Ballard

The song’s co-writers, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear, were also among the honorees, along with producers Marshall Altman and Scott Hendricks. And while it was Frankie’s first No. 1 and Marshall’s second, the hit tune became Josh’s eighth, Chris’ 12th, Rodney’s 13th and Scott’s 55th!

Following a presentation of plaques, medallions and trophies, Frankie stepped to the microphone, first addressing the songwriters, saying, “It’s a big risk to give a song to a punk from Michigan and let him wrestle it to the top. Thank you. I hope to be standing here as a songwriter some day.”

Congratulations, Frankie and team! That’s a helluva hit song.

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