David Ball Makes Rare North Eastern Ohio Appearance For Local Fire Department Benefit
Last night, Keystone High School in Ohio held the 24th Annual Country Music Show sponsored by the LaGrange Firefighters Association with special guest, David Ball. I was able to attend the first of two sets.
David Ball kicked off the show in true honky tonk fashion with the likes of “Watching My Baby Not Coming Back,” “Look What Followed Me Home,” “Amigo” and his 1994 #7 single, “When The Thought Of You Catches Up With Me.”
Ball was accompanied on stage by guitarist Danny Parks and long time drummer, Scott Metko. The three joked around between songs with themselves and the crowd, at one point being gifted a bag of popcorn from a fan. I was informed by Metko after the show that David Ball never puts together a setlist and everything is decided on the fly. If that’s not a sign of a true veteran performer, I don’t know what is!
This particular set, which very well could have been different later on in the second performance, was fleshed out with a Mel Tillis cover (“Heart Over Mind”), the instrumental “Panhandle Rag,” and more from Ball’s long running career including “Riding With Private Malone,” which was dedicated to those who have served in the United States Military.
Following “Private Malone,” drummer Scott Metko spoke about David’s support for Operation Troop Aid which provides snacks, phone cards, hand sanitizer and letters from school children to US Troops who are serving over seas. Make sure to check out the link HERE, for more info!
The first show of the evening wrapped up just as I imagined it would, with Ball performing his biggest career hit, 1994’s #2 charting classic, “Thinkin’ Problem”! Everyone in the Keystone High School gym sang along, me being right there with them. Though I wasn’t able to partake in the meet and greet following the show, David was sure to pop out to the merchandise table to make sure that everyone in attendance were able to get photos and autographs, which seems to be a rare treat these days.
DAVID BALL SETLIST – 3/25/17
Watching My Baby Not Coming Back
Look What Followed Me Home
Heart Over Mind (Mel Tillis)
When The Thought Of You Catches Up With Me
Too Much Blood In My Alcohol Level
Panhandle Rag (Instrumental)
There Stands The Glass
Riding With Private Malone
What’ll I Do If I Don’t Have You
Honky Tonk Healin’
What Do You Want With His Love
Visit DavidBall.com for tour dates and more information of Operation Troop Aid.