So Many Rivers

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Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
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...
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Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551489122
  • Catalog Number: 514891
  • Sales rank: 139,588

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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