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Trouble All The Time

by Ball and Chain

Hillbilly Honkytonk, Old Tme Country, Cajun, Original
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You're Gonna Change (or I'm Gonne Leave)
2:18 album only
2. Trouble
2:05 album only
3. Golden Earrings
4:51 album only
4. Wondering
3:16 album only
5. Jongle a Moi
3:01 album only
6. The Memory of Your Smile
3:33 album only
7. The Devil Is An Angel
3:38 album only
8. You Win Again
3:11 album only
9. Freight Train Blues
2:38 album only
10. Valse De Bayou Teche
3:07 album only
11. Jackson
3:21 album only
12. I Just Don't Like This Kind of Living
2:53 album only
13. Don't Do It Darling
3:57 album only
14. Infinite Blue
4:27 album only
15. Happy One Step/danse Carre
4:21 album only


Album Notes
Here’s what Country Music News says about Trouble All the Time!

“Ball and Chain is an Ottawa-based duo featuring the talents of Michael Ball and Jody Benjamin, and they create all kinds of magic with this homespun album; thanks largely to Jody Benjamin’s interpretations of hardcore traditional country music. She can sing a Hank Williams or a Webb Pierce song like few female voices before her have been able to capture. It’s gutsy stuff, with all kinds of hurtin’ heartbreak in the vocal delivery. The barebones, living room recording actually comes off sounding as if Hank’s Drifting Cowboys Band were in the room … but it’s really Michael Ball kicking in his acoustic bass and scorching fiddle and Benjamin twangin’ away on her six-string.” (Larry Delaney, June 2003, HYPERLINK

Trouble All the Time, recorded in January 2003, is the follow-up album to their 2000 release Bare Bones. Ball and Chain have taken their sound a step further by adding performances of some great musicians. Jordan Officer (Montreal’s Suzie Arioli Swing Band) plays guitar and fiddle and Danny Artuso (Dario Domingues, Lonesome Paul and the Valley Ramblers) plays pedal steel. Here, they play in the mature, restrained style that was popular in the 40’s and 50’s making them the perfect compliment to the rootsy sound that Michael and Jody already have.

Ball and Chain choose their material from an unusual and diverse pool of music. Jody has been a fan of old-time country for many years and has twenty five years experience as a dancer and choreographer. Her exercise dance class is well known in Ottawa for her excellent choice of music and fun fitness program. Michael comes from the Montreal music scene. he counts Stephen Barry(Stephen Barry Band) and Michael Jerome Browne and Bob Fuller among his mentors growing up in Montreal. Together Michael and Jody have nurtured a growing interest in the music of Southwest Louisiana and made many trips there to study, play and dance in the music halls and houses of Cajun country. Country music and Cajun music are related. Like hillbilly cousins that look alike and finish each other’s sentences. Remember the Louisiana Hayride of the 50’s? The combination of tunes and styles that become Ball and Chain’s repertoire make sense together. At any live show you could hear songs by Hank Williams next to Denis McGee next to John Hiatt or June Carter.

Their five-piece version of the band is called Ball and Chain and the Wreckers and they play regularly around Ottawa. Michael and Jody give Cajun dance lessons as part of the evening’s fun. The band includes Wayne Ford-Robicheau on drums, Don Evans on bass and Danny Artuso on electric guitar and pedal steel..

Michael Ball’s first exposure to Cajun and Zydeco music was when he joined Danielle Martineau’s band, Rockabayou in 1992. The band toured Europe, Canada and the U.S. and recorded three albums between 1992 and 1997. Visiting Louisiana since 1996 Michael has been learning from such great payers as David Greely, Edward Poulard and Mitchell Reed to name just a few. Michael got picked up by Prairie Oyster for the summer of 2003 and continues to play and record with such artists as Jennifer Noxon, Keith Glass, Finest Kind and Michael Jerome Browne.

Jody Benjamin is also a lead singer in the Toasted Westerns, Ottawa’s favorite singing sandwich. Together since 1988, they recorded their album Out to Lunch in 1995 and are still going strong. Her driving Cajun triangle can be heard on several recordings including albums by Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster), Jennifer Noxon, Zydeco Loco and Shelley Posin. She sings harmony and plays guitar and triangle on Michael Jerome Browne’s 2004 album released on Borealis Records.

Media quotes: It’s gutsy stuff! (Larry Delaney)

(These songs) would surely put a smile on Hank Williams’ face … Trouble All the Time’ has more enjoyable moments in it than most of today’s big budget bells and whistles productions.
(Larry Delaney, Country Music News, June 2003)



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