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Pictured are Drew Neely (left) and balloons bassist Sam Libretti preparing to record a song at Off the Tracks Recording in Frankfort. Photo submitted
Will O'Brien, Freelance Reporter
4:53 pm CST November 4, 2019

Chris Rollins and Drew Neely met when Rollins was a teenager making music and looking to record. More than a decade later, the duo’s back at it, this time collaborating on a group called …and the balloons.

The band’s third single, “She, Tokyo,” debuted Oct. 27, on 101.1 WKQX, and a full album is in the works. For Rollins, a Tinley Park resident, and Neely, of Frankfort, balloons is a natural progression of a passion they’ve both been pursuing since youth.