“You’ll Accomp’ny Me” – Frankie Ballard
Frankie Ballard’s released his third single off his El Rio album, titled, “You’ll Accomp’ny Me.” It’s a cover of the Bob Seger classic from the album Against the Wind.
I’m not a huge fan of comparing covers of songs to their original. I feel like each artists presents the song in a way that means something to them and that’s what music is, something meant to be interpreted and reworked.
I will say Ballard follows Seger’s lead when it comes to allowing passion to drive the song. It’s a upbeat tune that finds you along the journey pouring everything you’ve got into one girl because you know she’s the one.
|| “I’ll take my chances babe I’ll risk it all / I’ll win your love or I’ll take the fall / I’ve made my mind up girl it’s meant to be / Someday lady you’ll accomp’ny me”
Ballard’s looking to make his way back into radio rotation after his last single, “Cigarette,” failed to gain much attention. (Peaking at No. 50 on the US Country Airplay chart.) Seger’s “You’ll Accomp’ny Me” peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980. Ballard’s last Top 20 success was the lead single from his El Rio project, titled, “It All Started With A Beer,” which peaked at No. 15 on the Airplay chart in 2015.
I can’t see Ballard’s version peaking any higher on the country charts than the song did on the pop charts in 1980. However, it’s one of those roll the windows down feel-good Spring / Summer songs that’ll be popular among loyal Ballard fans.
Check out both versions here: