Roadside Attractions

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Marcia Ball, born on the Texas/Louisiana border, has long been a superb performer, delivering her swampy blend of zydeco, blues, and gritty R&B with all the force of a Saturday night locomotive, and through 12 albums, she has never let that energy go. Roadside Attractions, her fifth release for Alligator Records, is no exception -- it cooks and rattles and rocks with Ball's typical joyous energy and powerful piano. None of her many fans will be disappointed by this outing, but it is a little different for Ball in one respect -- for the first time on one of her albums she has either written or co-written every song on it, and all of them draw on her thousands of hours ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Marcia Ball, born on the Texas/Louisiana border, has long been a superb performer, delivering her swampy blend of zydeco, blues, and gritty R&B with all the force of a Saturday night locomotive, and through 12 albums, she has never let that energy go. Roadside Attractions, her fifth release for Alligator Records, is no exception -- it cooks and rattles and rocks with Ball's typical joyous energy and powerful piano. None of her many fans will be disappointed by this outing, but it is a little different for Ball in one respect -- for the first time on one of her albums she has either written or co-written every song on it, and all of them draw on her thousands of hours on the road bringing her infectious brand of swampy boogie to the world. Song after song here roars by in a lightning-soaked tumble of piano-driven words until it feels like her own personal diary of America tumbling past the tour bus window -- and it isn't all barbecues, picnics, and big concert stages, either. Love is found, lost, and found again out on the road, and Ball captures the kinetic feel of all of that here, and she's arguably never sung better, her voice full of the smoke of life on the road. You can tell she loves singing these songs. The opening track, "That's How It Goes," stomps with joy right out of the gate, and song after song builds things forward, with Ball's singing and lyrics on cuts like "Between Here and Kingdom Come" and "Believing in Love" in constant motion. The whole album is full of motion and life, and it's easily Ball's best and most personal statement to date. But don't worry -- she still knows that all paths lead to the dancefloor, and once there, as she sings on the album-closing "The Party's Still Going On," you better be ready to dance. This wonderful album will insist on it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2011
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551494225
  • Catalog Number: 514942
  • Sales rank: 9,101

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marcia Ball Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Jim Hoke Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Colin Linden Guitar, Mandolin
Wendy Moten Background Vocals
Lynn Williams Drums
Greg Wilson Baritone Saxophone
Reese Wynans Hammond B3
Steve Butts Trumpet
Mike Schermer Guitar
Dan Bechdolt Tenor Saxophone
Mingo Fishtrap Horns Horn
Damien Llanes Drums
Don Bennett Bass
Steve Mackey Bass
Thad Scott Saxophone
Joel Guzman Accordion
Technical Credits
Marcia Ball Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Gary Nicholson Composer, Producer, Engineer
Tom Hambridge Composer
Ray Kennedy Engineer, Mastering
Sam "Lightning" Seifert Engineer
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