During a recent on-stage interview in Austin, Texas(courtesy of NPR's great program, "Fresh Air" and its talented host, Terri Gross), the marvelous Ms. Ball resisted attempts to peg her as being EITHER from Texas or Louisiana. Instead, she gave a musician's rationale for disregarding state borders where the gulf-states region is considered. It was no swipe at state sovereignty, but rather, a compelling homage to the rich mixture of influences that infuse the music from New Orleans to Austin! Just listen to what she serves up on this disc, and you'll readily endorse her her right and claim to dual-state residency. I've been a guitar player all my life...and yet, when I listen to Marcia Ball tickling the keys of a piano, I wish I'd taken up the ivories as well. There's just no limit to the ways Marcia Ball makes her musical presence known! She's equally at home with raucous, New Orleans boogie (listen to the opening title track), and heart renching blues and r&b ballads like "I Still Love You" and "How Big A Fool" (I could almost see Etta James and Ruth Brown nodding their approval). Then listen to Marcia "preach the gospel truth" on "For the Love of A Man" and you'll have been witness to that masterful blend of instrumentation and visceral vocal phrasing that is R&B at its most convincing. And if the soulful slow numbers have you immobilized and your knees pinned to the floor, just jump to "Crawfishin'" and you'll be back in full motion.
When's the next flight to New Orleans and Austin?