Glen Arbor – (Fred Ball, Proprietor)
Roller Mills article/ Billboard magazine 1975
Glen Arbor Roller Mills-Michigan’s Studio In The Woods
Ann Arbor Sun, January 22, 1976
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Fred Ball is still in the music business:
The Manistee River Tour
The Ramsdell’s Autumnal ‘a little night music’ series concludes with a very special show…The Manistee River Tour that is set for Friday evening November 16th, 2012 at 8 p.m.
The Manistee River Tour featuring three gifted singer/songwriters Jim Crockett, Fred Ball and Pat Niemisto, which features singer/songwriters performing their own original material.
Jim Crockett is the ‘elder’ statesman of the local folk community. His musical roots in the area go back over 30 years and many consider his ‘Manistee River’ song…as one of the folk anthems of our area.
Sharing the stage and the spotlight with Jim Crockett will be his old friend and fellow songwriter, Fred Ball. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Fred Ball transformed the Glen Arbor Roller Mills, from a grist mill into a recording studio. Fred recorded many of the rising stars of the local folk music scene there at his studio. Jim Crockett was one of the first if not the first to record there. What only a few knew, was that Fred was a fine singer/songwriter himself.
As a special added bonus for this evening…joining these two old friends in this concert performance will be their good friend and fine performer, Pat Niemisto. Patrick is one of the founding members of the fine Leelanau County trio, New Third Coast. Pat’s musicianship on a variety of instruments and his vocal harmonies provide some added luster to any performance that he is involved in.