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A Honky-Tonk Song
Profile of piano man Earl Poole Ball
Music Story  December 24, 1999, by Jerry Renshaw
"...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..."

Cosmic Americans
Jumping in with Earl Poole Ball
DAILY Music  June 16, 2010, by Jim Caligiuri
"...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...."

On Any Sunday
Continental Sunday nights at Heybale's two-step cotillion
Music Story  June 24, 2005, by Margaret Moser
"...A legendary pianist. Even their names ring with solid authority: Tom Lewis, Redd Volkaert, Gary Claxton, Kevin Smith, Earl Poole Ball...."

When I'm 64
Veteran musicians retire to Austin
Music Story  February 4, 2005, by Margaret Moser
"...In 1999, on his way out of town, Earl Poole Ball ran into Merle Haggard guitarist Redd Volkaert at the Exit Inn in Nashville..."

Live Shots
Brian Setzer Orchestra, Br5-49
Music Story  August 19, 1999
"...--Jay Trachtenberg EARL POOLE BALL BAND..."

Sugarland Express
Laying down the law on Mayberry's favorite twang-rockers
Music Story  February 18, 2000, by Jerry Renshaw
"...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..."

The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo Turns 50
The landmark album spins at the Moody Theater via two of its makers and their virtuosic friends
Music Story  November 8, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"..."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 Ball
Music Review  July 19, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Earl Poole BallPianography..."

SXSW Music List 10
The Damned, 2 Chainz, War on Drugs, and 242 more added
DAILY Music  March 6, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

James Burton
Music Review  April 16, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."

SXSW Saturday Showcases
Music Story  March 15, 2013
"...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..."

SXSW Friday Picks & Sleepers
Friday night blurbage of SXSW
Music Story  March 18, 2011
"...All showcases subject to change FRIDAY PICKS Earl Poole Ball & The Cosmic Americans..."

Heybale Reviewed
Music Story  June 24, 2005, by Christopher Gray
"...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..."

Not Fade Away
The 2004 / 05 Austin Music Awards. In a word, roots.
Music Story  March 11, 2005, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."

The List Pt. 2
Music Column  December 21, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...To check out the auction, go to 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!..."

Gram Parsons: Mission Accomplished
Music Story  June 30, 2006
"...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..."

Dancing About Architecture
Bush's balls drop.
Music Column  January 26, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...Ball 'Til You Fall..."

Junior Brown, Heybale: Continental Club, August 20
Music Review  September 1, 2000, by Jerry Renshaw
"...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 Mile
Country Mile
Music Review  February 15, 2008, by Doug Freeman
" 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...."

Rodney Hayden
Texas Platters
Music Review  October 17, 2003, by Jerry Renshaw
"...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..."

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