Blue House

Blue House

by Marcia Ball


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Though purists may quibble about her interpretations of classic material, just about everyone acknowledges that Marcia Ball is one fine songwriter. Blue House contains eight gems of swamp boogie fusion delivered in Ball's supple, slinky voice. Listen to "The Facts of Life," a slow, sensual, worldly piece of Louisiana soul with an irresistible melody. It takes some living to write this kind of song, and considerable skill to give it this memorable delivery. Consider "St. Gabriel," a song that sounds so much like a lost blues classic that you'll check the credits to see what Delta legend penned it. Surprise! It's Marcia Ball. Her covers on Blue House are unusually well chosen -- "Fingernails" fits her so well that it's hard to believe it's a Joe Ely tune, and her piano work on "Red Beans" does the song proud. And if her slightly subdued performance on "If This Is Love" isn't quite up to the energy level that the song deserves, it's one cut out of 12, and the other 11 are stellar. Blue House is a marvelous album with plenty of personality and character, and highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/1994
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661313125
catalogNumber: 613131
Rank: 140311

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcia Ball   Primary Artist,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rich Brotherton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Rodney Craig   Drums,Background Vocals
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Klemperer   Saxophone
Jill Napoletan   Background Vocals
Red Rails   Baritone Saxophone
John Mambo Trenor   Conga,Drums,Washboard
David Webb   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Steve Williams   Guitar
Keith Winking   Trumpet
Randy Zimmerman   Trombone
Steve Williams   Guitar
Don Bennett   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Marcia Ball   Producer,Contributor
Rodney Craig   Contributor
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Paul Klemperer   Contributor
Steve Williams   Contributor
Miles Wilkinson   Producer,Engineer
Gordon Fowler   Paintings
David Kampa   Artwork
Don Bennett   Contributor

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