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Roadside Attractions

Marcia BallAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Marcia Ball is a woman with a reputation. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter is famed worldwide for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage. Ball’s groove-laden New Orleans boogie and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. But she’s also a master ... Read more in Amazon's Marcia Ball Store

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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B004L8MEOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ball is a consummate pro--a killer pianist, a great singer and songwriter. Powerful. Righteous -- Billboard

Based in Austin and steeped in New Orleans, Marcia Ball plumbs the richness of both musical meccas. From rootsy swamp pop and blues-drenched boogie woogie to languid ballads, Ball is equally comfortable with brash roadhouse romps and caressing love songs. -- USA Today

Bayou boogie has a queen and her name is Marcia Ball. -- The New Orleans Times-Picayune

More fun than a barrel of funky monkeys. Spicy, Texas-Louisiana blues, rock 'n' roll and boogie-woogie...awesome piano. -- National Public Radio

Scrumptious, Southern-fried boogies, blues, and ballads with the infectious street beat of New Orleans at the core. -- The Austin Chronicle

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One of the most popular and beloved American roots artists, with a 33-year string of critically acclaimed albums and literally thousands of packed raucous live performances, Marcia Ball's Roadside Attractions follows 2008's Peace, Love & BBQ.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning April 8, 2011
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As I said in subject line: stunning. tunes have a wide variety of styles, each displaying penetrating musicianship and lyrics that will bring you from laughter to tears. I do not think it sufficiently acknowledged in the business that Ms Ball is note for note one of the most gifted pianists out there for her command of the elements of keyboard and for sheer affective presence. (I would not exclude the classical performers from that comparison). Get this album and see if I'm mistaken.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real talented lady May 10, 2011
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Marcia Ball is one of the greatest talents out there--I have been a major admirer of hers since 1986 and followed her career seeing her many times. She is as gracious as talented--Roadside Attractions is no exception--if 'THIS USED TO BE PARADISE' dosen't move you your half dead!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tribute to her Consistency. July 4, 2011
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Marcia Ball's new record is a tribute to her consistency. It shows off what she does best, swinging uptempo grooves, boogie dance numbers, and a fantastic variety of piano playing from Chicago-style blues, driving barrelhouse tunes, and Professor Longhair-esque keyboard runs such as on "We Fell Hard." Ball pulls off the piano playing with such ease and nonchalance that it is easy to forget how great a player she is.

What distinguishes this record from her previous ones is the attitude behind the songs. These songs come as lessons in their joy and exuberance. She starts off telling people in "That's How It Goes" that "It's not the destination / it's a trip" and "I help you and you help me / That's the way the world should be," and continues with the song "Look Before You Leap" where her mother tells her, "You better look before you leap/you might find yourself in way too deep." However, these do not come off as preachy but more as advice. And then there's the song "I Heard It All" where she hears her man in the next room begging his wife to take him back over an ominous electric piano. Of course there's a food metaphor song, "A Little Sugar," where Ball affirms, "A little sugar makes your day complete / you can keep your mustard greens / just give me those pecan pralines." Roadside Attractions is great party or road-trip music with a liberal dose of positive attitude in witty turns of phrase and great keyboard work.--David Kunian, OffBeat Magazine, May 2011 issue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Sit Still May 27, 2011
By bjhmdh
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This CD is close to seeing Marcia Ball live - something everyone that enjoys good music should experience. This is a dance in your seat, foot moving, bang your steering wheel, clap, and sing along...good time. She makes that keyboard jump.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marcia Ball is a bundle of talent! March 6, 2012
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This CD is already one of my favorites. Marcia Ball's impressive piano playing adds to a wide variety of songs. Thoroughly enjoy her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marcia Ball at her Best December 15, 2011
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If you have enjoyed Marcia Ball you will love this cd. There are always so many styles diplayed in her cd's this is no different. Marcia Ball is a master at playing the piano and the words of each song can capture any feeling we have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection November 9, 2013
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I love Marcia Ball's piano playing, she writes great songs and does great covers too. I play this over and over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Marcia October 19, 2013
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Grown up with a great head on her shoulders and all the fun of her previous albums. "I heard it all" is haunting - but seems a strange addition to a line up of positive messages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not her best but good!
Got this as a gift for a Marsha Ball fan and he is very happy with it. Sounds good to me.
Published 6 months ago by Audrey from Philly
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Storyteller
It wasn't until I heard her on NPR that I came to know Marcia Ball. She is a gifted storyteller and her music is a down-home treasure.
Published 9 months ago by Scott J. Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great voice and great fun
People in the Northeast do not know what an excellent entertainer Marcia Ball is. This album is great introduction. Her voice, piano playing and songwriting are all first rate.
Published 9 months ago by Thomas W. Meiklejohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I Love It
As the song says, "I Don't Know Why, I Just Do". This is one of my 1st CDs, and certainly not the last.
Published 11 months ago by Mary Moehle
5.0 out of 5 stars Roadside Attractions
I like all of her CDs. I have listened to all of them quite often. Great piano player in New Orleans.
Published 13 months ago by jacqueline Mabry Frankum
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful experience
When you have seen her in person and find yourself humming the music in the car - you need the album to complete the memories!
Published 14 months ago by Lauren C Mache
5.0 out of 5 stars Live In Norman
I got to see Marcia live in my hometown, and to my surprise she had Mighty Mike with her. I had heard him before but knew right away it was him. Read more
Published 16 months ago by drsplash
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new or special
Great fan of Marcia Ball, but there's a
sameness to the tracks, familiar tunes
so unexcited by this. Perhaps a few more
listenings will addict me.
Published 16 months ago by Anne M Bilton
4.0 out of 5 stars The teacher is giving a lesson
Teaching a lesson i the blues. One of the better blues piano players. Rocking, roll-house blues piano. Oh, yeah, and she can sing, too. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steven
4.0 out of 5 stars great blues
Marcia is a great blues player and singer/songwriter with heart and soul. Jazz, soul, blues, rock and a few love songs too.
Published 18 months ago by baron
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