The queen of swamp blues piano
They call her Long Tall Marcia Ball, and she's the one-of-a-kind Queen of Swamp Blues Piano. 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, including the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award in 2015, and she was recently inducted into the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame.