So Many Rivers

So Many Rivers

by Marcia Ball
     
 

Marcia Ball’s Presumed Innocent won the 2002 W. C. Handy Blues Album of the Year award. So Many Rivers ascends to even loftier heights, with esteemed producer/guitarist Stephen Bruton showcasing Her Tallness’s fierce, two-fisted piano and confident, earthy vocals. Deservedly dedicated to the songwriters (Ball herself wrote 6 of the 14 numbers), the albumSee more details below

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Marcia Ball’s Presumed Innocent won the 2002 W. C. Handy Blues Album of the Year award. So Many Rivers ascends to even loftier heights, with esteemed producer/guitarist Stephen Bruton showcasing Her Tallness’s fierce, two-fisted piano and confident, earthy vocals. Deservedly dedicated to the songwriters (Ball herself wrote 6 of the 14 numbers), the album features festive, up-tempo R&B offset by three soulful slow-burners. “Fonk” is the unifying vibe throughout, to borrow from the uproariously ribald “Three Hundred Pounds of Hongry.” Ball also dips into zydeco (“Honeypie”) and western swing revival (“The Lowdown’), and proves she can blues-rock with the best of them on “Foreclose on the House of Love.” The recording benefits from a fertile cross-pollination with Bruton’s pals, including southern songwriting legend Donnie Fritts, who contributes two songs. A summation of Ball's abundant talents, So Many Rivers just may be her watershed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bob Gottlieb
Marcia Ball's strong western Louisiana, eastern Texas roots run strongly through So Many Rivers, and she has increased the range she covers. Solid in the foundation of her piano playing and phrasing, she is rooted rock-solid to the rhythms by the drumming of Tom Fillman and the bass of both Don Bennett and Yoggie Musgrove. There is also the production work of Stephen Bruton, who also added his otherworldly guitar work to the mix. Marcia Ball's voice has only gotten finer with the passage of time, and the collaborations with Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson have also added a lot of potency to her voice and handling of a song. She has assembled a crack group of musicians here that gives her freedom to take those chances that make So Many Rivers stand out from the crowd. The six songs she wrote are among the standouts here. The slow-building strength of "The Storm" and the power and grit in "Give Me a Chance" add depth to this collection. She does a great job with putting some bounce into others' tunes ("Honeypie"). This is a standout from this queen of the gatorhythms that bring the swamp alive.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
Alligator Records
UPC:
0014551489122
catalogNumber:
514891
Rank:
68018

Tracks

  1. Foreclose on the House of Love  - Marcia Ball
  2. Dance With Me  - Marcia Ball
  3. Baby, Why Not  - Marcia Ball
  4. Honeypie  - Marcia Ball
  5. Give Me a Chance  - Marcia Ball
  6. Didn't You Know  - Marcia Ball
  7. Give It Up (Give In)  - Marcia Ball
  8. So Many Rivers to Cross  - Marcia Ball
  9. The Storm  - Marcia Ball
  10. The Lowdown  - Marcia Ball
  11. Hurricane on China Lake  - Marcia Ball
  12. Three Hundred Pounds of Hongry  - Marcia Ball
  13. If It's Really Got to Be This Way  - Marcia Ball
  14. If Ain't One Thing  - Marcia Ball

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcia Ball   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Wayne Toups   Accordion,Vocals
Keith Robinson   Drums
Stephen Bruton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Debra Dobkin   Percussion
Tom Fillman   Drums
Nick Lane   Trombone
Chris Maresh   Bass
John Nichols   Harmonica,Background Vocals
James Pennebaker   Fiddle,Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Lon Price   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Red Young   Hammond Organ
Pat Boyack   Guitar
Randy Jacobs   Background Vocals
Kaz Kazanoff   Tenor Saxophone
Alicia Jones   Background Vocals
Gary Slechta   Trumpet
Yoggie Musgrove   Bass

Technical Credits

Marcia Ball   Composer
Arthur Alexander   Composer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
Stephen Bruton   Producer
Chet Himes   Engineer
Eddie Hinton   Composer
Ross Hogarth   Engineer
Daniel Moore   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Daniel Timms   Composer
Red Young   Arranger
Doug Duffey   Composer
John Lee Sanders   Composer
Gordon Fowler   Paintings
Jodi Siegel   Composer
Sandra Brown   Composer
Marcus Aurelius   Author

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