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"...Just ask Jimmie Vaughan (March 20), who I’ve wished well as we passed each other backstage at the Music Awards, or Jerry Jeff Walker (March 16), who finally gave up his annual birthday show. For Marcia Ball, who shares a birthday with Vaughan, the solution was easy: move the party to Valentine’s Day weekend..."
"...Marcia BallSo Many Rivers (Alligator) What's not to like about Marcia Ball? The long, tall South Austin singer-songwriter/pianist has built a long, tall career mining the musical mother lode that radiates out from her Texas-Louisiana border origins and stretches along the Gulf Coast's Route 90 from Houston to the Crescent City. Following on the heels of her first Alligator release, 2001's Presumed Innocent, which won the 2001 W.C..."
"...Searching for an appropriate way to sum up the essence of the Soap Creek Saloon, Marcia Ball likens it to the fictional Boston bar where everybody knows your name...."
"...Liberty Lunch, Saturday 6 Now that her hubby Gordon Fowler no longer runs the show at La Zona Rosa, Marcia Ball's live appearances here in town seem few and far between. Here then, is your chance to join the back-to-school crowd, for a lesson in pianistics from Austin's version of Professor Longhair (at least it looks long in the picture)..."
"...Austin style? You can't get much more iconic than Marcia Ball, Alejandro Escovedo, and Doyle Bramhall (indulge me – Willie is not playing Jazz Fest). The three artists are representing the ATX with their signature Lone Star stylies..."
"...Toss a penny in the bottle, and win an Avril Lavigne poster. Step right up, folks -- a quarter a ball, three for 50 cents, and eight balls for $1..."
"...It starts off kind of freaky, but ends up in roots-rock heaven. True to this column’s name, there’s a few musical veterans included: Dale Watson, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, and Marcia Ball, but Jason Eady, Sunny Sweeney, the Mastersons, Kat Edmonson, and Israel Nash will be new names to some...."
"...[With the kids, on the road], you get into stuff you never though you'd get into -- T-ball games -- and it's so much fun. Then you go to a club and think, "Gawd, this is such a waste of time." I mean not completely a waste, but sometimes it just feels like I did a lot of nothing...."
"...Banging down hard on her keyboards, singing "Sea Cruise,"Marcia Ball whips her wildly dancing audience into a frenzy that all but raises the roof off the place, the Frankie Ford classic working its magic. Problem is, since the Austin entertainer is performing on the pool deck of the cruise ship Norwegian Sea somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico, the only roof to raise is a blanket of stars...."
"...Handy Blues Awards, to be presented on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tenn. Our local blues contingent is well-represented as usual, with Marcia Ball topping the list with five nominations including Entertainer of the Year..."
"...Marcia BallPresumed Innocent (Alligator) Marcia Ball is such a class act that the plea of innocence on her latest album might be believable if she weren't so damn guilty of instigating such a good time. Presumed Innocent is Ball's ninth album since she began pounding the ivories professionally in the Seventies, and her first for Alligator, Chicago's esteemed blues label..."
"...It's unsettling getting a phone call from Jerry Wexler: Gerald Wexler, born 1917 in the Bronx to a Jewish Orthodox Polish immigrant turned window washer and a young German spitfire working in a bakery on Courtlandt Avenue near 161st Street. Gerald Wexler, running through the streets of Harlem, Queens, and Brooklyn during the Depression, and getting an education watching Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Mel Ott hit long balls; Grand Illusion and Un Chien Andalou at the Museum of Modern Art; Louis Armstrong at Jimmy Ryan's on 52nd Street..."
"...When Marcia Ball moved to Austin in the early Seventies there were only a handful of female musicians performing regularly: Mary Hattersley of Greezy Wheels, Janet Lynn, Chris O'Connell with Asleep at the Wheel, Jerry Jo Jones of Plum Nelly, and Ernie Mae Miller and Margaret Wright, who performed at the Driskill Hotel. Forty years on, that list grows longer by the day..."
"...Then again, it's worth remembering what a hippie haven Austin was back when Marcia Ball, Bobby Earl Smith, John X. Reed, Steve McDaniels, and David Cook packed the Split Rail on Sundays as Freda & the Firedogs..."
"...The downside here is that authenticity (albeit delivered with a little more speed) is not without finite appeal as far the clock is concerned, and the band seems more concerned with cadence than with melody. At least TMP tosses out a few split-finger fastballs to keep you guessing..."
"...Paul Ray All-Stars: (l-r) Don Bennett, George Rains, Marcia Ball, Derek O’Brien, Georgia Bramhall, Nakia Reynoso, Zach Ernst, Denny Freeman, Gary Clark Jr., Jimmie Vaughan, Billy Pitman, Billy Horton, Rodney Craig, Charlie Sexton, Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, Al Gomez, Bobby Patterson..."
"...Marcia Ball (2/10/84)..."
"...That's appropriate tribute to Uncle Walt's Band, the trio of Champ Hood, Walter Hyatt, and David Ball that started in a Spartanburg, S.C., high school, ventured to Nashville, then ditched Music City for Austin in 1978. By the time they played their last tune in 1983, they'd carved their own niche of Americana..."