by Jim Trageser
Looking back some 15 years, blues singer and pianist Marcia Ball says the old San Diego Street Scene was one of her favorite gigs on her calendar each year. Modeled after jny: New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Street Scene featured jazz, blues, R&B, Cajun, Creole, zydeco, bluegrass, folk and worldbeat in a three-day stew of music and food. I loved playing on that stage with all my friends," she remembered in a phone interview from her ...read more
by Chris M. Slawecki
Marcia Ball showcases one great slow-rolling blues here: Louisiana 1927, Randy Newman's dust bowl tale about a historic flood, into which she wholeheartedly dives and immerses herself. In perhaps her best singing of this entire set, she recoils from its last line as if in horror from nature's awesome devastation of person and property.
But throughout the rest of this set, this composer, pianist, and singer--and current owner of the W.C. Handy Awards for Contemporary Blues Female Artist ...read more