The Hideout Theatre & Coffeehouse
"...Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman blend their seamless harmonies on the George Jones weeper, and a sparkling pedal steel gives way to the honky-tonk piano line that drives the song, courtesy of Mr. Earl Poole Ball. For months, the buzz around Austin has been, "Oh, Earl Poole Ball, the guy who played piano on Sweetheart of the Rodeo," but there is much more to the 58-year-old Ball's story than that one admittedly great achievement..."
"...What started as a side project, a supergroup of sorts, one that would allow famed pianist Earl Poole Ball to explore his rock & roll side, has blossomed into a full-fledged band...."
"...A legendary pianist. Even their names ring with solid authority: Tom Lewis, Redd Volkaert, Gary Claxton, Kevin Smith, Earl Poole Ball...."
"...In 1999, on his way out of town, Earl Poole Ball ran into Merle Haggard guitarist Redd Volkaert at the Exit Inn in Nashville..."
"...--Jay Trachtenberg EARL POOLE BALL BAND..."
"...No Andy Griffith fan worth his bib overalls can forget Barney Fife's reedy voice struggling with "Ave Maria" only to be trumped by Gomer Pyle's operatic baritone. Deadpan hillbilly screwballs the Darling family would appear every so often to rip up some bluegrass, and once, James Best, The Dukes of Hazzard's immortal Roscoe P..."
"..."Our conversation was mostly about country music, how he wanted to bring it to the youth," says Austinite Earl Poole Ball, the 77-year-old ace country pianist who worked on the ISB's 1968 long-player Safe at Home and later on Sweetheart, which Parsons stealthily made over in his image by picking up a guitar one day at rehearsal and playing George Jones and Merle Haggard tunes...."
"...Earl Poole BallPianography..."
"...Locally, 30 more acts join the music conference, among them melodic punks Riverboat Gamblers, recent Chronicle coverboys DoWrong & Eric Dingus, former Johnny Cash pianist Earl Poole Ball, and Marcia Ball’s cosmic country survivors Freda & the Firedogs...."
"...From Arlo Guthrie to Waylon Jennings, the 70-year-old Louisiana guitarist has functioned as the engine block on a half-century of Americana heard round the cosmos. As he and his local Wrecking Crew – guitarist Casper Rawls leading the LeRoi Brothers with Earl Poole Ball on the 88s – blew through some 90 minutes worth of Cash, Orbison, Presley, etc., chances were those selections were revisits of Burton's remarkable handiwork and not just covers..."
"...Each of these six Austin acts are regulars on the small corner-pocket stage of the popular Eastside honky-tonk where whiskey shots are downed by guys with neck tattoos and girls in cowboy boots and skirts. Country singer/songwriter Noel McKay opens with Hill Country ballads ranging from sincere to playful..."
"...All showcases subject to change FRIDAY PICKS Earl Poole Ball & The Cosmic Americans..."
"...2, 2003, edition of KUT's Live Set. Telecaster master Redd Volkaert effortlessly slips inside Lefty Frizzell's skin for "Always Late (With Your Kisses)" and Merle Haggard's for "The Longer You Wait." Steinway sage Earl Poole Ball has no trouble crooning Harlan Howard's sorrowful "She Called Me Baby" or leading a frisky rockabilly romp through Chuck Berry's "Promised Land." Gary Claxton sounds like a million bucks on barroom standard "Wine Me Up" and Mel Tillis' pointed "Mental Revenge." Bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Tom Lewis even get in a few licks of their own on Bob Wills' "Home in San Antone." Most poignant is guest steelmeister Jim Murphy's picturesque "Mignight in Amarillo"; Murphy passed away earlier this year, and Live From 1-A is dedicated to his memory..."
"...Twelve Tuesdays a year, Broken Spoke owner and country singing scholar James White, along with fiddler on the dance floor Alvin Crow, round up a veteran gang of true-blue country gentlemen for hardcore history lessons. Pete Mitchell, Neil Flanz, Jason Crow, Danny Young, Jon Kemppainen, plus special guests Earl Poole Ball, Del Puschert, and Ariel Abshire there's 300 years of western acreage right there..."
"...To check out the auction, go to cgi.ebay.com/awcgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem& item=1496451912. Artists include: 50 Mission Crush, 81/2 Souvenirs, Albert & Gage, Alvin Crow, Asleep at the Wheel, Asylum Street Spankers, Austin Lounge Lizards, Beth Black, Beto y los Fairlanes, Billy Joe Shaver, Blue Construct, Bobby Earl Smith, Brent Blaha, Brian Rung, Brigitte London, Cornell Hurd Band, Cory Morrow, Dale Watson, Dangerous Toys, Davíd Garza, Debra Peters, Derailers, Don Walser, Doug Sahm, Earl Poole Ball, Eric Hisaw, Floramay Holiday, George DeVore, George Strait, Ginger & Sarah, Herb Steiner, Hollisters, Ian Moore, Jack Ingram, James Hyland, Jane Bond, Jeff Hughes, Jim Stringer, Jon Dee Graham, Karen Poston, Karen Tyler, Kelly Willis, Kevin Fowler, Kimmie Rhodes, LeeAnn Atherton, Libbi Bosworth, Lloyd Maines & Terri Hendrix, Lucky Strikes, Mady Kaye, Mandy Mercier, Marcia Ball, Marti Brom & Her Barnshakers, Matt Powell, Meg Hentges, Ojala, Pamela Hart, Pat Green, Paul Sanchez, Ponty Bone, Rainravens, Reckless Kelly, Redd Volkaert, Robert Earl Keen, Rod Moag, Roger Wallace, Roy Heinrich, Seth Walker, Shake Russell & Dana Cooper, Shiva's Headband, Slaid Cleaves, Stephen Bruton, Susanna Van Tassel, Texas Tornados, Tish Hinojosa, Todd Snider, Toni Price, Vallejo, Whiskey Dent, and Willie Nelson!..."
"...One of Austin's best-loved musicians, pianist Earl Poole Ball, played with Gram Parsons on the International Submarine Band's Safe at Home album, as well as the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo. After discussing Parsons, Ball shared the following via e-mail..."
"...Ball 'Til You Fall..."
"...The band proceeded to stroll through versions of "From a Jack to a King," "Walk Through This World With Me," and "You Win Again," among others. In other words, Heybale is a country cover band, but oh, what a cover band: Tom Lewis on drums, Kevin Smith on bass, Volkaert on guitar, and Earl Poole Ball on keys..."
"...country rock, though Jim Lauderdale's "I'll Still Be Around" and Doug Sahm's "Be Real" grapple beyond their means. Dallas' Darryl Lee Rush follows up 2005's debut, Llano Avenue, with Live From the River Road Icehouse (Shiner), talkin' up "Town Too Tough to Die" like Robert Earl Keen and serenading with the hilariously pining sincerity of "White Trash Paradise." Behind the distinct if not entirely versatile baritone of its leader, the Joel Hofmann Band's debut, One More Day (Genuine Cowhide), benefits from the backing of session stalwarts Redd Volkaert, Earl Poole Ball, and James Shelton, but only "Sad Little Girl" stands out among the rockabilly and honky-tonk set...."
"...Other than that, it's mainly Hayden originals here, and he plays it safe with his subject matter: small towns, lovin', cheatin', drinkin'. Players include Redd Volkaert, Earl Poole Ball, producer Rich Brotherton, and Marty Muse on steel, so the playing is, of course, impeccable..."