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Marcia Ball has made a career out of blending the classic roots styles of East Texas and Louisiana, which makes sense since she grew up in the border town of Orange, Texas. On her 15th album, she once again bangs away on the piano roadhouse-style as her small band and special guests help bring the party to life. Long known for her songwriting, Ball emphasizes that more than ever here, writing or cowriting everything but a version of Hank Ballard’s “He’s the One.” Highlights include the jump blues of the title track (the love story is a one-of-a-kind gem) and “Can’t Blame Nobody but Myself” (with Delbert McClinton on harmonica), as well as the funky “Clean My House.” Accordion player Terrance Simien brings some Cajun spice to “The Squeeze Is On,” while “Hot Springs” is the album’s biggest rocker. Ball brings it down for the bluesy ballads “Lazy Blues” and “The Last to Know,” as well as the soulful “Just Keep Holding On.” It’s music that mixes sweat and soul and equal in proportion.

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Marcia Ball ‘The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man

Welcome to the party because that is just what Marcia Ball brings to any listener, one big Louisiana flavored gala party lush with excitement, exuberance and a ton of energy to fill any room.
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite number on this album as there are so many great tunes, however, the opening song and album title will certainly give your party fever a great jump start. ‘The Squeeze is On’ with great keyboards and squeeze box back Marcia Ball’s enthusiastic vocals while the saxophone takes a backseat to no one on the bluesy vocal stylings of Ms. Ball’s ‘He’s the One’. Not being too familiar with Marcia Ball’s many previous recordings allowed me to avoid any preconceived notions, so discovering this album has been like discovering a whole new and wonderful talent. Not sure where I’ve been all these years but I certainly should have been more aware of this powerful singer who can switch from the party animal on ‘Clean My House’ & ‘Get You a Woman’ to pleading humanist as on ‘Human Kindness’.
Bottom line, I think I have listened to this CD at least 20 times and each listen is like it was the first time, as enjoyable a CD as you will find anytime soon.

Biography

Born: March 20, 1949 in Orange, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pianist and singer/songwriter Marcia Ball is a living example of how East Texas blues meets southwest Louisiana swamp rock. Ball was born March 20, 1949, in Orange, Texas, but grew up across the border in Vinton, Louisiana. That town is squarely in the heart of "the Texas triangle," an area that includes portions of both states and that has produced some of the country's greatest blues talents: Janis Joplin, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Queen Ida Guillory, Lonnie Brooks, Zachary Richard, Clifton Chenier,...
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