Sunday, March 29, 2009

Running Music Review: BHB, by Ballas Hough Band

I've mentioned before that I love good music. Sadly, the only time I really get to listen to it is when I work out. Sure, sometimes I insist on listening to mommy music instead of Dora sing-a-longs when gallivanting around town with the kids in tow. But I'm still busy watching the road, throwing goldfish crackers into the back seat hoping they land in an open mouth, talking on the phone (I know...I shouldn't), and stretching my arm around like elastigirl to pick up dropped toys. Sound familiar?

When I got a CD in the mail to review, I first popped it into the car for a quick listen. But I knew I had to give it the real test if I really wanted to hear it. The running test. You know, so I could actually listen to what I would be reviewing.

Dancing with the Stars uber studs Mark Ballas (season 6 winner with Kristi Yamaguchi) and Derek Hough (season 7 winner with Brooke Burke) have joined forces on a new musical endeavor...the Ballas Hough Band (formerly known as Almost Amy). On March 10th they released their first CD, BHB.

A few weeks ago, I went on a 10-mile run in preparation for some upcoming races. It was a great opportunity to run with it. Let's just say The BHB CD and I are now good friends...I listened to it the whole darn way. And I finished the run...that alone says something! Here's the verdict:

It's actually a great running CD! Not only can they dance, these guys can actually rock. A lot of it reminded me of fun, old-school pop. A few songs reminded me of New Kids on the Block (but cooler!) The lyrics were catchy, and the beat kept me going. I really liked the 7th track, "Fall" and the 8th track, "Do It For You" co-written by the new American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi. (Maybe the fact that I once auditioned for American Idol made me especially keen on liking this song. Or maybe it really was the song. Either way, I like it.)

If you have teenage daughters in the house, this is perfect music for them. I have a one-year-old-going-on-sixteen who rocks out when she hears this music playing. I'm OK with that. The lyrics are clean. The tunes are catchy. The album puts a great spin on old-school pop, but also has some edgier, funkier, more rock-sounding songs. I like the variety. I hope the band does well, and keeps putting out good music that I can run to. Cuz that's the only way I'll be able to appreciate it.

Visit the Ballas Hough Band website to find out more about these guys. You can get a taste of their music for yourself! You can purchase online from

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What about you? Do you have a favorite band that you work out to?


Lindy Merkley said...

Thanks for the suggestion! I'm always looking for new running tunes. I love to run to Fall Out Boy or Spearhead. . . always seems to keep me going!

Michael said...

I thought it was kinda cookie-cutter.

Kimberly said...

Next time I see you let's work out to it together. Your review was awesome and made me want to buy the CD.

Tami H. said...

sounds like a wierd combo of people, but hey, if it works, cool.

I am commenting randomly on a great way to eat quinoa, since you commented on bonnie's blog about it:

My best fav meal of quinoa, cook it in chicken stock (or water)

after, add sauteed green peppers and onions and cut up grilled chicken

top with black beans,guacamole,cilantro and salsa ,spritz with lime juice, it is soooooo good!

Now everyone, go running listening to ballas hough band and treat yourself to this great quinoa meal afterwards.

sam said...