Marcia Ball – Blue House


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Release Date: 1994

Label: Rounder Records


Track List

  1. Red Beans
  2. The Facts Of Life
  3. Down The Road
  4. Blue House
  5. Big Shot
  6. St. Gabriel
  7. That’s What I Get
  8. Fingernails
  9. Why Do I
  10. If This Is Love
  11. Sparkle Paradise
  12. One Of A Kind



Acoustic Guitar – Rich Brotherton
Backing Band, Horns – The Kamikazi Horns
Backing Vocals – Don Bennett (3) (tracks: 5), Jill Napoletan (tracks: 3, 7), Marcia Ball (tracks: 3, 7), Rodney Craig (tracks: 3, 5, 7)
Baritone Saxophone – Red Rails (tracks: 1 to 5,10)
Bass – Don Bennett
Congas – “Mambo” John Treanor* (tracks: 1)
Drums – “Mambo” John Treanor* (tracks: 11), Rodney Craig
Guitar – Steve Williams
Mandolin – Rich Brotherton (tracks: 7)
Organ [Hammond B3] – David Webb (2) (tracks: 7, 9), Marcia Ball (tracks: 8, 10)
Piano, Vocals, Producer – Marcia Ball
Saxophone – Paul Klemperer
Tenor Saxophone – Mark Kazanoff (tracks: 1 to 5,10)
Trombone – Randy Zimmerman (tracks: 1 to 5,10)
Trumpet – Keith Winking (tracks: 1 to 5,10)
Washboard – “Mambo” John Treanor (tracks: 5)



Though purists may quibble about her interpretations of classic material, just about everyone acknowledges that Marcia Ball is one fine songwriter. Blue House contains eight gems of swamp boogie fusion delivered in Ball’s supple, slinky voice. Listen to “The Facts of Life,” a slow, sensual, worldly piece of Louisiana soul with an irresistible melody. It takes some living to write this kind of song, and considerable skill to give it this memorable delivery. Consider “St. Gabriel,” a song that sounds so much like a lost blues classic that you’ll check the credits to see what Delta legend penned it. Surprise! It’s Marcia Ball. Her covers on Blue House are unusually well chosen — “Fingernails” fits her so well that it’s hard to believe it’s a Joe Ely tune, and her piano work on “Red Beans” does the song proud. And if her slightly subdued performance on “If This Is Love” isn’t quite up to the energy level that the song deserves, it’s one cut out of 12, and the other 11 are stellar. Blue House is a marvelous album with plenty of personality and character, and highly recommended.

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