Texas-born, Louisiana-raised singer/songwriter Marcia Ball plans to rock the Santa Fe Plaza when she appears with her band with Santa Fe Bandstand on August 11.
Ball, who sings New Orleans boogie, Gulf Coast blues and soulful ballads, was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2012 and has received a total of six Living Blues Awards from Living Blues magazine and five Grammy nominations.
Her show on August 11 contains a little bit of this and that. “It’s really a mixed bag of old and new stuff,” she explains. “We’re working on a new album, so we’ll play some tunes from it. I have a case of the serious blues when it comes to current events, but my latest original songs are hopeful and uplifting.”
Ball will play tunes from “The Tattooed Lady and The Alligator” that was released in 2014. The album, which has a mix of Gulf Coast blues, New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads and Tex-Mex flavored zydeco, paints musical pictures of the characters, flavors and scenes straight out of Louisiana, Texas and the Gulf Coast.
The piano and Ball are inseparable partners on stage. Ball began taking piano lessons at the age of five and played some of her first gigs with a blues-based rock band as a student at Louisiana State University.
“I learned how to play the piano and sing at the same time while I was on stage,” she says. “When I write new songs, music and lyrics are born together. I rarely sing without playing the piano or play the piano without singing. What I like to say is that I play the piano well enough to accompany my singing, and I sing well enough to accompany my piano playing.”
Santa Fe-based Partizani Brass Band opens for Ball at 6 p.m. The week’s lineup also features E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier, Dale Watson, Zickey and the Kondor, Jono Manson, Pigment, The Giving Tree Band and Nosotros.