Marcia Ball

Fifty-one year-old Marcia Ball, lives in Texas, plays piano and grew up singing in a household predominated by her sisters and mother who all played the piano. Ball began playing at age five and at fourteen she heard Irma Thomas and from then o­n she was hooked o­n the blues. She also got to play with Irma in o­ne of two trio sessions. These recordings were nominated for a Grammy and WC Handy awards. Marcia's Alligator Records debut (the ninth album of her career), Presumed Innocent features thirteen songs, including five written or co-written by Ball. The remaining songs are old R & B covers. o­n this CD Ball is joined by a host of friends including a great duet with Delbert McClinton," o­n You Make It Hard" saxophonist Mark Kazanoff, trumpet man Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns adds some horns to "Count the Day's" which I really enjoyed, Sonny Landreth, plays the slide guitar o­n "Fly o­n the Wall" which was the song I enjoyed most o­n this CD. Marcia does a boogie-woogie type jam o­n her original song "Louella." The album was co-produced by Marcia Ball and Doyle Bramhall, who also plays some drums o­n the CD. 

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