Blues giants in a double bill
They call her Long Tall Marcia Ball, and she's one of a kind! Marcia Ball grew up in Vinton, Louisiana, in the heart of an area overflowing with blues, zydeco, and swamp rock. All the female members of her family played the piano. In 1970 Marcia and her first husband were heading for San Francisco, but their car broke down in Austin, and that's where she stayed. She put together a trio of talents: piano playing, songwriting, and vocals. In 1983 Marcia released her first solo album, "Soulful Dress," and ever since then she's been letting the good times roll at The Ark and other clubs around the country where a corps of devoted fans has watched her evolved into a true legend of the piano blues. Marcia has won nine Blues Music Awards, and she was recently inducted into the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame. Come check out music from Marcia's fabulous recent album "Shine Bright"!
After a dozen acclaimed albums, virtuoso slide guitarist and bandleader Sonny Landreth has released "Recorded Live in Lafayette," capturing the one-of-a-kind live Sonny experience. Sonny Landreth has collaborated with the very top names in guitar over the years: Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Derek Trucks—the list goes on. The noted slideman cut his musical teeth in The Red Hot Louisiana Band of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and he has since recorded and toured with artists ranging from John Mayall to John Hiatt. "Recorded Live in Lafayette" adds another major chapter to his tale, as new vocal and instrumental colors emerge.