Marcia Ball – Live! Down The Road


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Release Date:  2005

Label:  Alligator Records


Track List

1 Big Shot
2 The Right Tool For The Job
3 Just Kiss Me
4 That’s Enough Of That Stuff
5 Louella
6 Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday
7 La Ti Da
8 It Hurts To Be In Love
9 Down The Road
10 No Ordinary Woman
11 Crawfishin’
12 Louisiana 1927
13 Count The Days
14 Let Me Play With Your Poodle



Baritone Saxophone – Mark Kazanoff
Bass – Don Bennett (3)
Drums – Corey Keller
Guest, Vocals – Angela Strehli (tracks: 8)
Guitar – Pat Boyack
Lead Vocals, Piano – Marcia Ball
Organ [B-3] – Red Young
Tenor Saxophone – Brad Andrew
Trumpet – Al Gomez



Marcia Ball, born on the Texas/Louisiana border, has long been a superb live performer, delivering her swampy blend of zydeco, blues and gritty R&B with all the force of a Saturday night locomotive, and her many fans have been crying for a live album for years, and now, finally, she’s delivered it. Recorded in September 2004 at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA as part of the Sierra Center Stage series broadcast on PBS, Marcia Ball Live: Down the Road also serves as a kind of greatest-hits set, with Ball and her gritty, horn-driven road band blasting through favorites that span her career. Make no mistake, Ball comes to party, and from the blistering stomp of “Big Shot” that opens the album, she hardly lets up, and even when she does ease it down, as she does on her wonderful version of Randy Newman’s gorgeous “Louisiana 1927,” you can still feel the heat of the swamp between the lines. Her zydeco-fueled original, “That’s Enough of That Stuff,” is a clear highlight, as is “It Hurts to Be in Love,” which features a guest duet vocal from Angela Strehli. Ball’s road band is tested and solid, providing a gutsy backdrop to her driving piano lines and steamrolling vocals. With the good-time, sassy energy on display here, Down the Road serves as an ideal introduction to Marcia Ball in her truest environment, live on-stage, and for her longtime fans, it is an album they have long been anticipating. A bayou party in a box.

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