They were the highest debut and top selling new artist last week, landing them at #98 on the Billboard Top 200. A nice opening... if you are in Los Angeles anytime during the next 10 weeks, The Ballas Hough Band will be performing at the Grove (a high end indoor/outdoor shopping complex at Fairfax and Beverly (actually Farmer's Market) after the Dancing with the Stars results show every Tuesday night at about 8:30 pm. All live and all rock and roll... lot's of fun!
Check the following review:
Featuring the talents of dancers-turned-singer/guitarists Mark Ballas and Derek Hough, Ballas Hough Band is a poppy outfit that delivers slick, radio-ready modern dance-rock on its 2009 debut album BHB. Best known as dancers on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Ballas and Hough formed the band while training and dancing in England in 2007. And although it's more than likely that the popularity of the ABC show is a big reason why BHB is getting some attention, the music ain't bad either. Both Ballas and Hough actually play their own instruments and are backed by a legitimate ensemble of bandmembers including keyboardist/vocalist Emily Grace, bassist Sam Marder, and drummer Harry Sullivan. The resulting sound is definitely more rock-informed than one might expect and should draw favorable comparisons to such similarly inclined outfits as Maroon 5 and The Jonas Brothers. Tracks like the club-ready "Do You Love Me?" and the revved-up "Fall" mix high-energy hip-pop and rawk with a teen pop sensibility that should appeal to a generation raised on the legacy of Michael Jackson filtered through American Idol and Justin Timberlake. ~ Matt Collar, All Music Guide