“Rollicking, playful, good time blues and intimate, reflective balladry..her songs ring with emotional depth.” – Rolling Stone
“A sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist…where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet” – USA Today
Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin’s deep songwriting tradition into a sound No Depression described as “a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues.”
2012 GRAMMY Nominee for her latest album Roadside Attractions (Best Blues Album), her fifth GRAMMY nomination overall and a very impressive fourth CD in a row of hers to be nominated, following Peace, Love & BBQ (2008), Live! Down The Road (2005) and So Many Rivers (2003). She received an earlier nomination for Sing It! (1998) with Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson.
2012 Blues Music Award Nominee – Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. Marcia has been honored with 4 wins of her 13 previous Blues Music Award nominations in this category
2011 Living Blues Award winner for Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)
Gulf Coast Music Hall Of Fame Inductee (2010)
Winner of eight Blues Music Awards – four wins in the last seven years for Best Piano Player of the Year, plus recent wins for Best Contemporary Blues – Female Artist of the Year (twice), and once each for Contemporary Blues Album of Year for So Many Rivers, and Blues Album of the Year for Presumed Innocent.
Winner of two 2009 Living Blues Readers’ Poll Awards for Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard), adding to her wins in the category in 2007 and 2008
Peace, Love & BBQ debuted at #1 in the Billboard Blues Charts (April 2008)
Featured in the film Piano Blues, directed by Clint Eastwood
Television appearances on Austin City Limits, Late Show With David Letterman, Today Show, CNN, and Mountain Stage (PBS)
Featured on In Performance At The White House with B.B. King and Della Reese, broadcast on PBS (1999).
Performances on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, World Café and Whad’Ya Know?, as well as Public Radio International’s Studio 360 and the nationally syndicated Mitch Albom Show.