5-time Grammy nominee singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin's deep songwriting tradition into a sound described as "a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues." USA Today calls Marcia "...A sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist... where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet."
• 2012 GRAMMY Nominee for her latest album Roadside Attractions (Best Blues Album), her fifth GRAMMY nomination overall and a very impressive fourth CD in a row of hers to be nominated, following Peace, Love & BBQ (2008), Live! Down The Road (2005) andSo Many Rivers (2003). She received an earlier nomination for Sing It! (1998) with Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson.
• 2012 Blues Music Award WINNER - Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. Marcia has been honored with 5 wins and a total of 15 nominations in this category.
• Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on April 22, 2012.
• 2012 Blues Music Award Nominee - Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. Marcia has been honored with 4 wins of her 13 previous Blues Music Award nominations in this category.
• 2011 Living Blues Award winner for Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard).
• Gulf Coast Music Hall Of Fame Inductee (2010).
• Winner of nine Blues Music Awards - five wins in the last seven years for Best Piano Player of the Year, plus recent wins for Best Contemporary Blues - Female Artist of the Year (twice), and once each for Contemporary Blues Album of Year for So Many Rivers, and Blues Album of the Year for Presumed Innocent.
• Winner of two 2009 Living Blues Readers' Poll Awards for Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard), adding to her wins in the category in 2007 and 2008.
• Peace, Love & BBQ debuted at #1 in the Billboard Blues Charts (April 2008).
• Featured in the film Piano Blues, directed by Clint Eastwood.
"A sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist... where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet" (USA Today)
"An irresistible, celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana Swamp rock and smoldering Texas blues from a compelling storyteller." (Boston Globe)
"Raucous, Piano-based Dixie R&B...classic Southern songcraft and passion." (Chicago Tribune)
"Ball is the bayou queen of the piano, steeped in blues and honky-tonk. When revved... she's a rollicking dynamo spewing heatseeking triplets from the ivories while her horn-driven band wails. She's also a subtle songwriter and a formidable singer with a wisp of huskiness edging her Cajun-Texan twang." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"Like most of the great blues singers, Ball has a throaty, penetrating voice and a style that manages to combine romance, sorrow and defiance." (People Magazine)