Live! Down the Road

Live! Down the Road

by Marcia BallMarcia Ball


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Marcia Ball, born on the Texas/Louisiana border, has long been a superb live performer, delivering her swampy blend of zydeco, blues and gritty R&B with all the force of a Saturday night locomotive, and her many fans have been crying for a live album for years, and now, finally, she's delivered it. Recorded in September 2004 at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA as part of the Sierra Center Stage series broadcast on PBS, Marcia Ball Live: Down the Road also serves as a kind of greatest-hits set, with Ball and her gritty, horn-driven road band blasting through favorites that span her career. Make no mistake, Ball comes to party, and from the blistering stomp of "Big Shot" that opens the album, she hardly lets up, and even when she does ease it down, as she does on her wonderful version of Randy Newman's gorgeous "Louisiana 1927," you can still feel the heat of the swamp between the lines. Her zydeco-fueled original, "That's Enough of That Stuff," is a clear highlight, as is "It Hurts to Be in Love," which features a guest duet vocal from Angela Strehli. Ball's road band is tested and solid, providing a gutsy backdrop to her driving piano lines and steamrolling vocals. With the good-time, sassy energy on display here, Down the Road serves as an ideal introduction to Marcia Ball in her truest environment, live on-stage, and for her longtime fans, it is an album they have long been anticipating. A bayou party in a box.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2005
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551490326
catalogNumber: 4903
Rank: 35226


  1. Big Shot
  2. The Right Tool for the Job
  3. Just Kiss Me
  4. That's Enough of That Stuff
  5. Louella
  6. Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday
  7. La Ti Da
  8. It Hurts to Be in Love
  9. Down the Road
  10. No Ordinary Woman
  11. Crawfishin'
  12. Louisiana 1927
  13. Count the Days
  14. Let Me Play With Your Poodle

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcia Ball   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Angela Strehli   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Red Young   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Pat Boyack   Guitar
Don Bennett Trio   Bass
Gomez   Trumpet
Brad Andrew   Tenor Saxophone
Corey Keller   Drums
Brad Andrew   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Marcia Ball   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Duke Robillard   Composer
Charlie Foxx   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Yvonne Williams   Composer
Julius Edward Dixon   Composer
Dale Price   Engineer
Paul Luscher   Cover Photo
Sloan Tash   Engineer

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