Marcia Ball

Shelley King opens

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:00 pm)

raucous, piano-based Dixie R&B

$30 advance / $34 door

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November 06 8:00 pm

Marcia BallMarcia Ball is a blues legend. Born in Orange, Texas, raised in Vinton, Louisiana, she started her solo career in 1974, inspired by the vocal magic of Irma Thomas and the piano playing of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, and James Booker. She chose her idols well. The Boston Globe describes 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.” She’s won several Blues Music Awards and earned multiple Grammy nominations, appeared on Fresh Air, Piano Jazz, A Prairie Home Companion, and Austin City Limits, as well as at the White House. “Few things in life are as reliable as a Marcia Ball performance,” says the website PopMatters. “For more than four decades, the Louisiana-by-way-of-Texas musician has magnificently played piano and sung her way through the blues with incredible amounts of heart and soul. Ball is the real deal: equal parts New Orleans, boogie woogie, swamp music, and Texas soul all wrapped up into one package.”


Marcia has recorded 16 solo albums, including her brand new one, The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man, which tells an irresistible tale of true love at a traveling carnival. “I don’t make a record until I have to have something to say, stories to tell, messages to impart,” she says. “I try to make records that are true to me, and this one couldn’t be truer.” Her voice, says the Boston Herald, “can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker.” According the Chicago Blues Guide, she “sings like she is having the time of her life on the road of existence. You’ll be sticking out your thumb, begging for a ride.” Tonight’s your chance to ride along with this rollicking blues legend whose music is filled with heart and soul!

 

Shelley KingShelley King is a Texas treasure. “With her smoky, sultry vocals and smart, soulful songs,” says Examiner.com, she “is easily one of the finest singer/songwriters on the Austin music scene.” The Austin Chronicle praises her seventh and latest album, Building a Fire, calling it “filled with sinewy soul and her trademark brand of torrid Texas gospel and blues.” Born in Arkansas, raised in Houston and Amarillo, Shelley sang in church as a child, and in 1992, she ditched her job as a sales rep in Austin and devoted herself to music full time. The Austin Music Awards honored her for Song of the Year and Band of the Year, and the State of Texas named her the State Musician. Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood recorded her song “Texas Blue Moon” and she’s recorded with the Subdudes as well as with tonight’s headliner, Marcia. For earthy Americana, rooted in Southern gospel and blues, Shelley King delivers the goods!

 


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