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Marcia Ball (born 20 March 1949) is an American blues singer and pianist born in Orange, Texas but who grew up in Vinton, Louisiana. This same region spawned other American blues greats, including Clifton Chenier, Janis Joplin, Lonnie Brooks, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Kenny Neal.

Born into a musical family, Ball began playing piano at age 5, and showed an early interest in New Orleans style piano playing, as exemplified by Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, and James Booker. In 1970 at age 21, she started a progressive country band called Freda And The Firedogs in Austin, Texas; in 1974 she began her solo career.

Ball is known for her piano style, which shows elements of zydeco, swamp blues and boogie woogie. Most of her most well-known recordings came out on Rounder Records in the 1980s and early 1990s. She was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 1990.

In 2008, Ball made a guest appearance with the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue.

Marcia Ball’s official website is at


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  • Negrak

    a beautiful voice!

    17 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Tuomenoksa

    Great performance tonight Marcia Ball and band. Thank you!

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • strajnic

    Female Ray LaMontagne!

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • AlJHeid3

    Love it Great Blues Al J Heid Survived Mardi Gras 2011

    14 Mar 2011 Reply
  • davejn71

    SHANNON CURFMAN RIPS ON THE GUITAR I know she is not been in the spotlight for a while but she has been pumping out some great tunes. Check out her release from 2007 "Fast Lane Addiction". I hear she is got a single coming out in May 2009 scheduled to hit radio. Get on her mailing list they are doing some promotion only for members.

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • barby63

    classic blues but I enjoy it!

    10 Feb 2009 Reply
  • BlooDaniel

    Well I'd dance with this lady for sure ... style writ large ...

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • glitrbug

    She is even better in person. One of my favorites.

    11 Jan 2009 Reply
  • MrStyle

    She's amazing! Just found out about her today and I bought her new album "Peace Love and BBQ" She's has a great sound and her voice reminds me of Shirley Horn.

    27 May 2008 Reply
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