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April 18, 2013

David Ball benefit concert slated May 11 in Palestine

PALESTINE — Grammy Award-winner David Ball will bring his band to Palestine to perform at Outlaw Country on Saturday, May 11. This special show, starting at 8 p.m., will benefit Ball’s charity Operation Troop Aid.

After selling three million copies of his debut record “Thinkin’ Problem,” Ball collaborated with Bob Dylan on “The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers — A Tribute” an won a Grammy for his contribution to the 2005 collection “Beautiful Dreamer — The Songs of Stephen Foster.” He was one of the first artists to take an independent release to the Country Top 5 with 2002’s “Riding with Private Malone.”

In 2011, Ball became an honorary board member of his charity, Operation Troop Aid. OTA raises money for care packages delivered by mail call to the U.S. military around the world and offers bill assistance once veterans return  home.

OTA merchandise will be available the night of the show, with 100 percent of the proceeds going back to the charity.

For information or to donate, visit

Ball is currently on tour in support of his ninth studio album, “Sparkle City,” being back by his band, The Pioneer Playboys, the same band used on record. The Austin Chronicle said of the album, “he glides between swing, honky-tonk, blues and even a touch of Tex-Mex, with the ease of George Straight, the difference being Ball composes his own material.” Ball’s first Christmas collection, “The Greatest Christmas,” was released in 2012.

General admission is $20. Outlaw Country is located at 108 W. Oak St. in downtown Palestine.

For ticket information, contact 903-729-1300 or visit

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