The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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January 24, 2013

Irv Ball puts a bounce in the local music scene

BLOOMSBURG — Follow the bouncing ball … follow it to Bloomsburg tonight and you’ll hear some excellent music served up totally raw.

The music comes from the songmaker with the distinct moniker, Irv Ball. He relies solely on his musical abilities to create an acoustic evening of eclectic tunes that showcase his impressive skills as a musician.

“I love to sing and am fortunate to be able to do something I truly love for a living and get paid for it. I play everything from James Taylor to The Beatles to Bon Jovi. I take a lot of requests and if I don’t know the song I can often play something similar or a different song from the same artist,” Ball said. “I love taking requests and always do a lot of them during a show. I like being able to play a wide range of songs from different artists and since I’ve been making music for about 20 years, I know a lot of songs.”

With a relaxed style of playing, rock star appearance and a voice that brings emotion and depth to each lyric, one has to wonder why this guy isn’t famous.

A Bloomsburg resident originally from New Jersey, this talented performer finds the simplicity of acoustic brings the song’s lyrics and meaning to the forefront instead of being covered in layers of electric noise.

Ball, who also fronts the band Irv Ball and the Breakers, noted that a majority of songs transfer easily from a rock format to the more natural sound of acoustic, including tunes from King of Leon and Nickelback.

When it comes to songs, Ball’s own life could be the foundation for a tune since it’s filled with both hardship and success.

Raised in a blue collar family, both of Ball’s parents were hard workers with his father toiling away with a factory job that often left him with headaches or other physical ailments.

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