Does anyone know the late Billy Ballard

Does anyone know the late Billy Ballard

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Curious

Sharon, SC

#1 Jan 13, 2011
I seen on a post that he was a good guitar player does anyone remember any of the bands he used to play with?
Brenda

Nashville, TN

#2 Jan 14, 2011
Yes I, knew Billy Ballard. He played with a band called the Jewel City band. Consisted of him , Robert Hinkle (deceased), James Arwood,(deceased),and one other person I can't remember his name. I was a friend of Arwood and actually sang with them in some of their shows. He was a fantastic guitarist!!!
Curious

United States

#3 Jan 14, 2011
Thats awesome did they ever produce any albums I would love to hear him play I didnt know if anyone would have recording or anything
Curious

United States

#4 Jan 14, 2011
Where did they play I would love to hear stories if you have any how long did you know him
brenda

Nashville, TN

#5 Jan 18, 2011
They did'nt make any recordings that I know of and i didn't know him really well. Just got really aquainted, with him through the jewel city band.
Farwood88

Nashville, TN

#6 Jan 18, 2011
Curious wrote:
I seen on a post that he was a good guitar player does anyone remember any of the bands he used to play with?
yeah I knew Billy Ballard my whole life!! Hell of a guitar player! I knew James and Robert who were brothers, and many other musicians and bands they played with! James told me once Billy had all the talent it took to make it in Nasville! He also played with Robert and James in a band they called (The Buzz Brothers)!
Curious

Charlotte, NC

#7 Jan 18, 2011
Thank you for sharing your stories I wished I could have heard him play just once before he passed away....i was always told growing up he was a GREAT musician, my mom told me he playef a steel guitar did you ever hear him play the steal guitar?
FamilyFriend

Madison, TN

#8 Jan 25, 2011
Billy was an amazing musician. He could sing beautifully and play nearly any instrument he wanted to. I only got to hear him play with a band a couple times, but I got to hear him play guitar several times with his family. He had a true gift for music and it's heartbreaking that the world doesn't get to hear it anymore. I really wish there was a way to explain it better, but hearing him play and sing really was a world within itself.
Daughter

West Columbia, SC

#9 Mar 15, 2012
Billy Ballard was my dad and yes was the most amazing music player I ever heard could play anything he put his hands on. He could not read music only played by ear. It has been 10 years since he died and there is not a day that dont go by that I dont miss him he will be truly missed by everyone that heard him play.....
topoxposter

Morrison, TN

#10 Mar 15, 2012
You must be the daughter he raised, I know his other daughter the one that he never got to know personally. I have heard from many people how great he was.
knewhimwell

Smyrna, TN

#11 Mar 15, 2012
I knew Billy well and played with him in several bands. What a picker! He could hold his own with any picker, bar none. He is actually the guitarist that invented "Chicken Pickin" made famous by the Charlie Danials Band. Billy had what it took to be a success but he also recognized the trappings that went along with that lifestyle. He choose to stay local and have a life. For that alone he should be commended.'Nuff said.
topoxposter

United States

#12 Mar 15, 2012
knewhimwell wrote:
I knew Billy well and played with him in several bands. What a picker! He could hold his own with any picker, bar none. He is actually the guitarist that invented "Chicken Pickin" made famous by the Charlie Danials Band. Billy had what it took to be a success but he also recognized the trappings that went along with that lifestyle. He choose to stay local and have a life. For that alone he should be commended.'Nuff said.
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Ido

Clinton, SC

#13 Mar 17, 2012
BILLY WAS EXCELLENT. He is/was my daughters Grandfather... good man. And is sadly missed.
daughter

West Columbia, SC

#14 Mar 19, 2012
Ido wrote:
BILLY WAS EXCELLENT. He is/was my daughters Grandfather... good man. And is sadly missed.
Is this Erin?
ISRAEL BALLARD

Franklin, TN

#15 Mar 19, 2012
That nice of u guys yea he was the best and still is the best guitar picker ever. I miss him more than anything in this world not only my dad he was my best friend and his name will always stand high
BILLY BALLARD aka.ROOSTER...
Justin Weir

United States

#16 Mar 27, 2012
One of the best men I have ever had the privilege of knowing......I can remember as a young kid going over to Billy's and no matter what he was doing he took time out of his busy day for me....I remember as one of my fondest memories of Billy I had got this plastic guitar with an amp and microphone and I took it over to Billy's and he got his steel guitar out and me and him just played and made stuff up for what seemed like hours...thank you Billy for the memories I love you and I miss you and ill always be Billy's boy
ETN

Johnson City, TN

#17 Mar 27, 2012
knewhimwell wrote:
I knew Billy well and played with him in several bands. What a picker! He could hold his own with any picker, bar none. He is actually the guitarist that invented "Chicken Pickin" made famous by the Charlie Danials Band. Billy had what it took to be a success but he also recognized the trappings that went along with that lifestyle. He choose to stay local and have a life. For that alone he should be commended.'Nuff said.
You are full of crap. Chicken Picken was popularized by the great James Burton, who was playing back in the early sixties, long before Charlie Daniels ever did. Take the time to do an internet search for chicken pickin, and you'll find several guitarists, but not Charlie Daniels.
ur stupid

Franklin, TN

#19 Mar 27, 2012
ETN wrote:
<quoted text>
You are full of crap. Chicken Picken was popularized by the great James Burton, who was playing back in the early sixties, long before Charlie Daniels ever did. Take the time to do an internet search for chicken pickin, and you'll find several guitarists, but not Charlie Daniels.
And im talking bout Billy Ballard
ur stupid

Franklin, TN

#20 Mar 27, 2012
ETN wrote:
<quoted text>
You are full of crap. Chicken Picken was popularized by the great James Burton, who was playing back in the early sixties, long before Charlie Daniels ever did. Take the time to do an internet search for chicken pickin, and you'll find several guitarists, but not Charlie Daniels.
It said that they more or less defined chicken picken yes they were the ones who made it famous but Billy Ballard is the one who brought it in this world and i promise you that no one could ever touch Billy Ballard on a guitar he was one of a kind....... R.I.P,ROOSTER
Morristown-tn

Hermitage, TN

#21 Mar 14, 2014
brenda wrote:
They did'nt make any recordings that I know of and i didn't know him really well. Just got really aquainted, with him through the jewel city band.
Ya he made 3 albums...

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