Born March 20, 1949, in Orange, Texas, Marcia
Ball honed her powerful singing and deft, rollicking
keyboard chops while growing up in Vinton, Louisiana.
After attending Louisiana State University, Marcia
moved to Austin, Texas, in the late 1970s. Ball proved
an important and popular figure on the Austin music
scene, first as the leader of Freda & the Firedogs, and
later as a solo artist signed to Capital Records. Her
recording debut was a progressive country album titled
Circuit Queen (1978).
In the 1980s, Ball's signature piano style, a mix of
zydeco, swamp blues, Louisiana blues, and Boogie
Woogie emerged. She signed with Rounder Records.
and released a succession of popular and critically
acclaimed albums including, Soulful Dress (1984),
Hot Tamale Baby (1985), Gatorhythms (1989), Let
Me Play with Your Poodle (1997) and Sing It! (1998) the
Grammy-nominated album with Tracy Nelson and
In 2001, Marcia Ball moved over to Alligator
Records and released several award-winning albums
including, Presumed Innocent (2001), a Handy Award
winner for "Blues Album of the Year," the Grammy
Nominated "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year"
So Many Rivers (2003), and the Grammy-nominated
Live! Down the Road (2005) and Peace, Love & BBQ
Ball was awarded the Blues Music Award for
"Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year - Female" in
2004 and won "Best Blues Instrumentalist -
Keyboards" in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. She was
inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2018. She
also garnered the BMA's Pinetop Perkins Piano
Player Award in 2012, 2015, and 2019, and continues
to play clubs and festivals the world over.