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Decked out in tight-fitting dresses and pounding her keyboard with feverish abandon, Marcia Ball blazed her way across the '70s Southwest blues scene and into the national spotlight. A singer of unusual clarity and a songwriter given to sassy twists of phrase, she delivered the goods especially well on 1989's Gatorhythms. This disc crossbred Ball's Texas-style barroom R&B with the Creole grooves of her native Louisiana. As always, her inspired touch on the piano is the album's centerpiece, rolling and tumbling across such steamy tracks as the Dr. John-penned "How You Carry On." She reaches deep inside to bring a palpable longing to "The Power of Love" and "Find Another Fool." Ball shakes some irresistible Cajun spice into "Daddy Said" and "Red Hot" (the latter a collaboration with country singer/guitarist Lee Roy Parnell). A joyous trip into the funk-drenched depths of bajou country, Gatorhythms is Ball at her unbridled best.

Customer Reviews


This is vintage, exemplary Marcia at its best. Ranges from slow and funky to downright rockin', but always right on track. GREAT backup band and arrangements. Marcia plays some super piano here, too. I'd give it a full five stars, but - hey - nothing is perfect! I bought my first tape, (yes, TAPE!) of this album back about 1990 or so after hearing one cut played on a small FM station while on a road trip and it has been one of my favorites ever since.


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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