Bayou Blues Piano Queen
A Living Legend of the Blues!
2012 Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Inductee!
2010 Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame Inductee!
9 Living Blues Awards!
10 Blues Music Awards (out of 44 nominations)!
Five Grammy Nominations!
The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised musical storyteller has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world.
The title track of Marcia Ball’s latest album, 2014’s The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man, is an irresistible tale of true love at the traveling carnival. It’s a story that nobody but Ball could spin, filled with vivid details, universal truths, and a rambunctious sense of fun and desire. With raucous horns punctuating Ball’s legendary piano pounding and emotional, melodic vocals, the song kicks off a CD of eleven dazzling originals and one stirring cover. The release mixes Ball’s Gulf Coast blues, New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads, and jumping, Tex-Mex flavored zydeco into a one-of-a-kind musical gumbo, a sound she has been perfecting over the course of her legendary career.
The New York Times says, “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.” Living Blues declares, “Her originals sound like timeless classics and southern soul masterpieces that no one else can imitate.” Of the new album, Ball says, “I don’t make a record until I have something to say, stories to tell, messages to impart. I try to make records that are true to me,” she continues, “and this one couldn’t be truer.” On The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, the message is loud and clear: Marcia Ball has plenty of surprising and thought-provoking stories to tell, and the two-fisted piano prowess, sweet and soulful vocals and superlative songs with which to tell them.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues.” –No Depression
“Rollicking, playful, good time blues and intimate, reflective balladry… her songs ring with emotional depth.” –Rolling Stone
“A sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist…where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet” –USA Today