Make ‘Em Dance
Few piano players are as tall, glam and terrific as Marcia Ball. Born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and schooled in the dance halls and roadhouses of the Gulf South, Ball can’t help but make you boogie woogie. That is, unless you wanna two-step. Or boogaloo. She does that too.
“If you can make ’em dance, money will become a space problem.”
Ball’s songs are postcards of small town life in this region and the dilemmas that drive people to the choices they make… And over the years, she’s written a LOT of postcards. Since 1972, she’s released 17 albums, the most recent being the Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man in 2014.
This week she tells us about love songs and get-out-of-my-life songs that she’s written for the same husband. And yes, she’s still married. But Ball can make any rascal want to be a better man.
On a duet with Dr. John, he sounds downright gentlemanly. The song was his idea.
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The Brightest Star in the Lonestar State
Earlier this year, the Texas State Legislature announced that Marcia Ball will be named the Official Texas State Musician in 2018… and she’ll find herself in good company. Since the honorific was created in 2003, it’s included such notables as Willie Nelson, Billie Joe Shaver, Lyle Lovett, and most recently, George Strait.
It’s just the latest in a lifetime of honors and accolades that includes eight Living Blues Awards and five Grammy nominations. She’s also a member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
The good folks at DeLoachfilms did a really terrific short piece with Marcia Ball, connected to the “Play Me, I’m Yours” public art installation in Austin. They filmed Marcia’s performance of “That’s How It Goes” at pianos around the Texas capital. Our favorite part is the kid on a dirt bike.
Some of the music from the broadcast is available for you to stream to your desktop or your mobile device. Or, you can download [ .pdf ] a complete playlist and take it with you to your local record store.