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A welcome ray of sunshine . . . Ball is a killer pianist, a great singer and songwriter. Potent blues, sweet zydeco, soulful, fast and furious Texas boogie . . . heartfelt, powerful and righteous.
Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.
—New York Times
Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry . . . her songs ring with emotional depth.
“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter, and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician of the Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads, and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world.
Ball’s 2002 album, Presumed Innocent, won the Blues Music Award for Blues Album of the Year. Her follow-up album, So Many Rivers, was nominated for a Grammy Award and won the 2004 Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year as well as the coveted Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year award. Her next release, Live! Down The Road (2005) also garnered a Grammy nomination, as did 2008’s Peace, Love & BBQ (the album debuted at number one on the Billboard Blues Chart). 2010’s Grammy-nominated Roadside Attractions and 2014’s The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man successfully grew her fan base even further.
Altogether she holds ten Blues Music Awards, ten Living Blues Awards, and five Grammy Award nominations. She has been inducted into both the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist, and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls, and . With latest album Shine Bright, Ball set out to, in her words, “make the best Marcia Ball record I could make.”