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  • Marcia Ball

    This show was on Nov 6th, 2014 | 26 people watched
    3 Comments
    • Nov 7
      Good band and fine pianistl singing blues was very enjoyable. glad Freight and Salvage had such a program on Concert Windows.
    • Nov 7
      I love Marcia Ball, and was so looking forward to her. I feel that when Concert window has someone else opening for the first hour, it should be communicated. Marcia Ball didn't come on till about midnight on the East Coast. I would not have signed on had I thought she would start then. Also, is there a plan to archive these?
    • Nov 8
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  • Marcia Ball

    This show was on Feb 28th, 2014 | 34 people watched
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    • Ron
      Mar 1
      Many sound problems---
    • Mar 2
      Enjoyed the show very much, particularly after they got the sound balance right on the web feed so it didn't clip and distort. Unfortunately, amid all the gyrations of adding a new credit card on the account, I neglected to fill in an amount to pay. I feel like I owe some money.
    • Mar 4
      This was another really fine show. Thanks to all.
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Bio

Marcia Ball is a woman with a reputation. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter is famed worldwide for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage. Ball's groove-laden New Orleans boogie and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. But she's also a master at... more

Marcia Ball is a woman with a reputation. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter is famed worldwide for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage. Ball's groove-laden New Orleans boogie and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. But she's also a master at transfixing her audience with an emotionally rich, passionately sung ballad. The Boston Herald says, "Ball plays masterful, red hot tracks from the Texas-Louisiana border. Her voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker." On her new CD, Roadside Attractions (her 15th solo recording), Ball's songwriting is at the forefront, ranging from tales of wild parties to stories of twisted motel affairs to declarations of the enduring power of love and family. It is inspired by her years on the road and from insights gained from everyday life, making it her most autobiographical album. Roadside Attractions is certainly more than capable of starting a no-holds-barred bash. But more than that, it's a tour-de-force of Marcia's seemingly endless talent, and among the most emotionally moving recordings she has ever made.

Produced by famed songwriter, musician and producer Gary Nicholson (Delbert McClinton, Wynonna Judd, T. Graham Brown), Roadside Attractions finds Marcia Ball at a creative peak. Ball wrote or co-wrote every song-something she had never done over the course of her forty-year career. Throughout the proceedings, her stellar musicians add power and nuance to the music, perfectly complementing Ball's expert piano playing, slice-of-life lyrics and melodic, storytelling vocals.

According to Ball the new CD is the one she was born to make. "Roadside Attractions is my most personal album yet. It's full of short stories and tall tales. Not every word is true, but close enough. The songs reflect forty years of travel and a lifetime of experiences. Writing with Gary Nicholson, Dan Penn and Tom Hambridge was a thrill I've waited a long time for. So off we go, touring the cosmos, weaving and lurching, distracted by every concrete dinosaur and giant strawberry along the way. It's a great life set to music."

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