A Very Frankie Ballard Thanksgiving

Don't Hit the Couch

For all the hardworking bands who are still touring this week, Frankie Ballard feels your pain. He’s spent at least one Thanksgiving holiday on the road, and he doesn’t recommend it.

“It was lonesome because you don’t realize how much the holidays are about family until you don’t get to be with your family,” he said. “So, I don’t like it. I’m gone all year. So after that one, I was like I’m not doing that anymore. I’m carving out the time. I’m getting home. I’m getting to where my family is.”

This year, family is coming to him in Nashville.

“I’m hosting,” he said, “which is quite nerve-wracking because who knows what could go wrong. I’m going to try to keep plenty of booze around. In case something catches on fire, I can just pour them a double and move on, but it’s going to be fun.”

He says his mom will be handling the turkey.

“I’ve got a nice kitchen and I’m going to let her do her thing,” he said. “I’m going to stay out of the way because I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to making turkey. But I can eat it, and I’m good at the cleanup.”

As far as working off that big Ballard Thanksgiving, he says that part will be easy.

“I’m always moving like a kid,” he said. “I’m always bouncing around and never sit still. I feel like that’s the key. I just keep moving and when you do that, then you can eat more. You can indulge. You can have some pumpkin pie. You can have a second helping of this or that because you’re up and at ‘em. Just don’t hit the couch.”

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.