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Classic Rewind: David Ball – ‘Thinkin’ Problem’

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6 responses to “Classic Rewind: David Ball – ‘Thinkin’ Problem’

  1. Paul W Dennis June 19, 2016 at 9:32 am

    David Ball was past 40 when this, his first hit, reached #2 in 1994, so he figured to have a relatively short shelf lie as a hit maker. That said, I have really enjoyed all of his albums, al of which are good solid honky-tonk or hard core country,

    David would have two more top twenty hits in 1994-1995 then fade away until “Riding With Private Malone” in 2001. “Riding With Private Malone” hit the charts on September 8, 2001, but was perhaps propelled up the charts buy the events of 9/11/01, eventually reaching #2 (#36 pop).

    David spent a number of years during the 1970s and 1980s playing bass with Uncle Walt’s Band, David’s last solo album was released in 2010. I sure wish he would release another one

  2. Ken June 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

    For a brief shining moment in 1994 REAL country music was still alive and well. But it was soon choked to death by Garthmania and the arrival of Shania Twain.
    Great singer that was in the right place but at the wrong time. Really nice guy too.

  3. luckyoldsun June 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Actually “Garthmania” was already passed its peak and on the downswing when this record came out.
    David Ball did some wonderful stuff, including this–But he seemed to be channeling George Jones here, to the point of impersonation.

    • Ken June 20, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      As usual luckyoldsun is wrong. Completely and totally wrong. Garthmania began in 1990 and continued through the end of the decade. Obviously he wasn’t there or has amnesia but Garth’s influence on country music throughout the 1990’s was pervasive fueled by sold-out tours and multi-platinum selling albums. He must not have heard about Garth’s record-breaking concert at Central Park in New York City in 1997. Or that his 1998 “Double Live” album went 21 times platinum. That doesn’t sound like an artist that has passed his peak does it? Garthmania had hardly “peaked” in 1994. Not by any accurate measure.

  4. luckyoldsun June 22, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Sorry Kenny, you’re full of it. In the early ’90s, starting with his debut album, through “No Fences,” “Ropin’ the Wind,” and “The Chase,” Garth was dominating the charts. His albums would hold the #1 slot for weeks on end, and he had 13 #1 singles through 1994 and maybe half-a-dozen in later years. After that, he slowed considerably and used all sorts of gimmicks to keep his platinum certifications going (selling box sets of six CD’s for $25.)
    And unlike the following generation of country stars like Chesney and McGraw (who’s actually not much younger than Garth), he didn’t really try to conquer NYC by playing, say, Yankee Stadium or even MSG where his ticket selling ability would be measured.) He did a free concert in Central Park, where no-one really knows or cares how many people show up and they just make up a number.

    • Ken June 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Sorry but you are indeed the one that’s full of it – as usual. Your complete ignorance of the music industry is unsurpassed. You cannot measure Garth Brook’s success solely by examining his chart performance. His influence and popularity far exceeded the metrics of how well his newest album or single performed on the charts. Garth became a cultural phenomenon that transcended the parameters of country music. Unlike most country singers Garth acquired a huge mainstream audience as well as an immense international fan base. His albums sold massive quantities when first released and then continued to sell briskly for years afterward. Tickets to his concerts sold out within hours – and often minutes – of going on sale. Those shows were huge events that received extensive mainstream media coverage everywhere that he played. By all measures the Central Park concert was one of the biggest live events in the history of country music as well as music in general. You may dispute the exact number of people that attended in person but the interest in that show and the worldwide media coverage was phenomenal. To deny that is a refusal to acknowledge reality.

      Garth was country music’s first true master of marketing and creating box sets of his music that included unreleased material was brilliant and contributed to sustaining “Garthmania.” A gimmick implies some type of trickery was involved. Consumers knew exactly what they were purchasing and chose to do so in massive numbers. By the conclusion of the 1990’s Garth was named the best selling artist of the decade. If his popularity had nose-dived by mid-decade his music sales would have bottomed out and that achievement never could have happened.

      To say that Garth Brooks’ significance and influence upon country music had substantially diminished by 1994 ignores the facts. But that’s not surprising for you given the bizarre alternate universe that you seem to exist in. Your entire base of knowledge is only what you read in Wikipedia and even then you cannot draw an accurate conclusion. You constantly choose to create false narratives to support your ridiculous contentions. I see that and so does everyone else that reads and laughs at your streams of nonsense.

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