One of Fort Worth's consummate showmen and band leaders, Mark Ballew, is speeding up while other musicians his age are slowing down.

Starting in 2013, Ballew headed a very well-known cover band called Rastus. The band enjoyed tremendous success but he made the decision to change directions and pursue a long-awaited solo project -- a decision that took a great deal commitment given the stability of his previous role and the uncertainty of his new path.

 

The title of his new project, an eight-song album, is Casual Glance. The album was produced by renowned drummer and producer Pete Thompson, whom Ballew met through Fort Worth's legendary musician & songrwiter Buddy Whittington. Casual Glance features all new original music, one track that Ballew co-wrote and the rest he handpicked alongside Thompson.

An All-Star lineup of musicians was also enlisted to help Ballew achieve the unique sound of this project, which Ballew refers to as "Sophisticated Rock 'N' Roll." Featured contributors are Whittington (guitar), Thompson (drums/bass), Shannon Day (keyboard) and Rod Davies (guitar). Ed Grundy of Bloodrock fame also played bass on one track and Derek Holt from the Climax Blues wrote one song on the album. 

As such a dedicated professional, Ballew's ability to bring all of these talented people together is already paying off. Casual Glance has already received air play from North Texas all the way up to Indiana, and he is tentatively scheduled to play at some very well-known venues in the area, such as The Gas Monkey, in April and May. His music is also available for purchase on Amazon, CD Baby, or directly from his website at www.markballewmusic.com

I have personally followed Mark Ballew ever since he used to head the band Yellow Fire in high school. He has come a long way in his musical career and embodies what the Fort Worth music scene is all about. 

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