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[Marcia Ball] Tattooed Lady & the Alligator Man

The title track of singer/songwriter/pianist Marcia Ball's new album, The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, is an irresistible tale of true love at the travelling carnival. It's a story that nobody but Ball could spin, filled with vivid details, universal truths, and a rambunctious sense of fun and desire. With raucous horns punctuating Ball's legendary piano pounding and emotional, melodic vocals, the song kicks off a CD of eleven dazzling originals and one stirring cover. The release mixes Ball's Gulf Coast blues, New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads, and jumping, Tex-Mex flavoured zydeco into a one-of-a-kind musical gumbo, a sound she has been perfecting over the course of her legendary career.On The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, Ball draws her listeners deep into her music with instantly memorable melodies and imaginative imagery. Her songs paint vibrant musical pictures, richly detailed with characters, flavours and scenes straight out of Louisiana, Texas and the Gulf Coast. From the poignant "Just Keep Holding On" to the fresh start of "Clean My House" to the surprising and timely "The Squeeze Is On" to the southern warmth of "Human Kindness," Ball has delivered a set of songs so well written and so well performed, she'll astound and delight her longtime fans and give newcomers plenty of reasons to join the party. Featuring her stellar, road-tested touring band, with help from friends Delbert McClinton and Terrance Simien and production by Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Joe Louis Walker, James Cotton, Susan Tedeschi), The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man is happy, moving, joyful, stirring, thought-provoking, danceable and fun. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised musical storyteller has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favourite with music fans all over the world. In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Music Hall Of Fame and in 2012 into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame. She s received a total of six Living Blues Awards and nine Blues Music Awards (and has a whopping 42 nominations). She s received five Grammy Award nominations, including for four of her five previous Alligator albums. The New York Times says,"Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time." Living Blues declares,"Her originals sound like timeless classics and southern soul masterpieces that no one else can imitate." On The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, the message is loud and clear: Marcia Ball has plenty of surprising and thought-provoking stories to tell, and the two-fisted piano prowess, sweet and soulful vocals and superlative songs with which to tell them.
  • Genre: Blues Music
  • Marcia Ball - Tattooed Lady & the Alligator Man [CD]
Album: [Marcia Ball] Tattooed Lady & the Alligator Man
# Song Title   Time
1)    Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man, The
2)    Clean My House
3)    Just Keep Holding On
4)    Like There's No Tomorrow
5)    He's the One
6)    Squeeze Is On, The
7)    Hot Springs
8)    Human Kindness
9)    Can't Blame Nobody But Myself
10)    Lazy Blues
11)    Get You a Woman
12)    Last to Know, The
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Performer Notes
  • Austin-based pianist and singer Marcia Ball began her solo career in earnest with the 1984 album Soulful Dress, and 30 years later, she's still pounding out the blues and boogie on The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man. The biggest challenge of a career that's been chugging along for more than three decades is keeping things fresh, and while The Tattooed Lady doesn't blaze many new trails, the album proves Ball's mojo is still working as a songwriter and a piano player, and she clearly hasn't run out of things to say. Ball knows how to get the good times rolling on tunes like "Like There's No Tomorrow," and can spin a tall tale on the rollicking title cut, but she can turn serious when she feels like it, particularly on the recession story "The Squeeze Is On" and the closing tale of love gone wrong, "The Last to Know." Ball hasn't lost her knack for melodies that fuse the spark of Texas blues with the steady roll of New Orleans R&B, and her keyboard work is as sure-footed as ever, offering her own signature take on the boogie that should fill your personal dancefloor in short order. Ball's backing band is in fine form as well, especially guitarist Michael Schermer (who also helped write two songs) and saxman Thad Scott, and they get some help from Terrance Simien, who plays accordion on "The Squeeze Is On," and Delbert McClinton, who lends a harmonica solo to "Can't Blame Nobody But Myself." If Ball's voice is starting to show a bit of wear around the edges, her phrasing is as good as ever, and the confidence and drive of these performances is infectious. There's no stopping Marcia Ball, and The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man confirms that's good news for blues fans and piano aficionados; this is the work of a veteran whose skills are genuinely on point. ~ Mark Deming
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