Bayou Blues Piano Queen
Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin’s deep songwriting tradition into an infectiously fun sound.
Ball’s groove-laden New Orleans R&B, heart-wrenching ballads and driving Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite of music fans all over the world. Her music mixes equal parts simmering soul fervor and rollicking Crescent City piano. Over the course of her career, Ball’s infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional songs have won her a loud and loyal fan base. Roadside Attractions (2012) earned Ball her 5th Grammy nomination. Ball has also collected nine Blues Music Awards since 2001, including the 2009 and 2012 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year award, and was voted “Most Outstanding Musician” in the 2007 Living Blues Readers’ Poll. Marcia Ball was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
Facts About Marcia Ball
- She was described in USA Today as “a sensation, saucy singer and superb pianist… where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet.” The Boston Globedescribed her music as “an irresistible celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp-rock and smoldering Texas blues from a contemporary storyteller.”
- Ball is known for her piano style, which shows elements of zydeco, swamp blues, Louisiana blues and boogie woogie. She began her recording career as a solo artist with Rounder Records in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 2001, she joined Chicago-based Alligator Records.
- Her Rounder album, Sing It!, which also featured vocalists Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson, released in January 1998 was nominated for both a Grammy Award and a Blues Music Award as “Best Contemporary Blues Album.” Ball also received the 1998 Blues Music Award for “Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Best Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards.” She was awarded “Contemporary Blues Album of the Year” for her albums Presumed Innocent (2002) and So Many Rivers (2004). The same year she also won “Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year-Female.” She won the “Best Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards” again in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Her 2003 Alligator release, So Many Rivers, was nominated for a Grammy as were Live! Down The Road (2005) and Peace, Love & BBQ (2008). She was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 1990.
- Deseret News
- Blues in the Northwest – “Roadside Attractions” Album Review
- Dallas Observer Interview
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