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Marcia Ball Knows the Blues, Loves the Blues and Lives the Blues

At 64, Marcia Ball could well be considered the queen of Texas blues. No other female performer has captured the transcendent mixture of swampy, New Orleans style piano blues and the more acoustic form exemplified by the likes of Lightnin' Hopkins better than Ball.

Over a career that has spanned nearly half a century, Marcia Ball has consistently released stellar album after stellar album. Her most recent effort was 2011's Roadside Attractions, a Grammy nominated tour de force that many critics have labeled as her best release ever. Speaking from her home in Austin and in anticipation of tonight's show at the Kessler Theater, Ball was kind enough to talk with DC9 about the evolution of the blues and why it's important to keep the blues alive.

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