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David Ball Songs
On The Acoustic

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Welcome, acoustic guitar enthusiasts, to my online hub dedicated to the timeless beauty of David Ball songs. Whether you're an avid fan of classic country or exploring new melodies, you've found a treasure trove of musical guidance. Dive into the soulful chords and captivating narratives of David Ball's hits with my free downloadable chord sheets in PDF format.

Elevate your playing skills as you follow along with our complimentary video demos for each song – "Look What Followed Me Home," "Ridin With Private Malone," "Thinkin Problem," and "When The Thought Of You Catches Up With Me." For those seeking an in-depth learning experience, I offer comprehensive tutorials for a small fee. Unleash the power of your acoustic guitar and let the spirit of David Ball's music resonate through your fingertips.

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Who is David Ball?

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David Ball is an American country music artist, born on July 9, 1953, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is best known for his traditional country sound and his hit song "Thinkin' Problem," which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1994.

David Ball's musical career gained momentum in the 1990s, but he had been active in the industry since the late 1980s. He started as a member of the country-rock band Uncle Walt's Band. After the band disbanded, Ball pursued a solo career, signing with Warner Bros. Records.

"Thinkin' Problem" was the title track of his debut album, released in 1994. The song not only became a commercial success but also earned him a Country Music Association (CMA) award for Single of the Year. The album itself was well-received and showcased Ball's honky-tonk influenced style.

While "Thinkin' Problem" remains his most recognizable hit, David Ball has continued to release albums and maintain a presence in the country music scene. His music often reflects a traditional country sound with a modern touch, and he has gained a reputation for his authentic approach to the genre.

David Ball Songs
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1. Look What Followed Me Home

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Look What Followed Me Home was recorded by David Ball In 1995.

This track was co-written by Ball and released as the third single from his album "Thinkin' Problem" in January of the same year. The song made its mark on the country music scene, reaching the 11th position on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

As an additional note, the B-side of "Look What Followed Me Home" featured another song called "What Do You Want with His Love." This particular track became the album's fourth single, hitting the charts in May 1995 and peaking at number 48 on the same Billboard chart.

There was also a music video produced for this song

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  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D, C, D7
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2. Ridin' With Private Malone

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Riding with Private Malone, written by Wood Newton and Thom Shepherd was recorded by David Ball in 2001.This emotional track was released in August as the lead single from his album "Amigo."

The song achieved notable success, reaching a peak position of #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart and #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. Remarkably, it marked Ball's first Top 40 country hit since his 1995 song "Look What Followed Me Home."

The song's significance was heightened when, after the September 11 attacks, USA Today recognized it as "the country song that tapped most subtly and profoundly into the emotions of its audience," despite being released just before the tragic events.

The track debuted at number 55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks in September 2001. It not only reached the top 10 by the year's end but also became the second independently distributed single to make the country top 10 in 2001, contributing to a historic year with two independently distributed top 10 hits.

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  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = E, A, B7, Gbm, Dbm, B, Abm, Esus, Asus2
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3. Thinkin Problem

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Thinkin' Problem  was released by David Ball In 1994. Co-written by Ball, Allen Shamblin, and Stuart Ziff, the song served as the lead single and title track for his album of the same name.

The track achieved significant success, reaching number 2 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and claiming the top spot on Canada's RPM country chart. The song's popularity even earned Ball a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards in 1995, along with a nomination for the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year.

"Thinkin' Problem" is a lively, up-tempo composition featuring electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, and fiddle accents. The lyrics depict a male narrator confessing to a "thinkin' problem," cleverly playing on the term "drinking problem." Despite repeated efforts to move on, the narrator finds himself unable to stop thinking about his former significant other. The song opens with the memorable line, "Yes, I admit, I've got a thinkin' problem".

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  • Rhythm = root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yed
  • Chords = G, C, D, D7
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4. When The Thought Of You Catches Up With Me

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When The Thought Of You Catches Up With Me was released by David Ball in 1994. This emotional track served as the second single from his album "Thinkin' Problem," also released in August of the same year.

Following the success of the title track, this song also made its mark by reaching number 7 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and securing the 6th position on Canada's RPM country chart.

In the lyrics of the song, Ball captures the essence of longing for a lost love, describing moments when memories resurface, whether it's under the brightness of day or in the quiet of the night. The music video for the song, directed by Chris Rogers, adds a visual dimension to the emotional narrative presented in the lyrics.

A music video was produced to promote the single.

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  • Rhythm = root up down up  and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, C, D, Bm, Am7, Em, A7, Dsus, D/Gb
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