Singer Marcia Ball coming to Beaver Creek
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado Marcia Balls roots in the deep South give her a special connection to the blues and rock n roll and it really comes out on her latest album, Peace, Love & BBQ. And of course, being steeped in Southern musical culture makes Ball the perfect candidate to headline this weekends Blues, Brews & BBQ festival in Beaver Creek. The singer, songwriter and piano player has been doing a string of shows in her home state of Texas. She took time out to talk about her new album, her anger about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and her love of touring.
Marcia Ball: Its been great. We did 10 days in New Orleans during Jazzfest … (there was) some rain, but it didnt slow people down. They put on their rubber boots and slogged around in it.
MB: I really am pleased with it. In many ways its one of the more personal records that Ive made; I wanted to really speak my mind I guess. And I like the way it turned out musically, too.
MB: In a way Ive been pissed off angry you could say, I guess, for print for about eight years and I wanted to, you know, write about that and I was having a hard time putting my feelings into words I guess is the best way to put it. Finally, (theres a) song on this record called Where Do You Go When You Cant Go Home? … Its about poverty and homelessness and, to a certain extent, about the people of the Gulf Coast who were so distressed and poorly treated after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. So once I got that under my belt then I felt kind of free to go ahead and write the silly song stuff that Im more famous for.
MB: Its actually more accurate for me to say that there was nothing that I wanted to leave off the record, you know. Its kind of a long album theres 13 songs.
MB: The idea is to make em dance. Were a band thats here to make people dance and keep em moving.
MB: I like everything about the road. I really still have that urge to go. I still like to go play for people. I like to travel; I like to go to all the places that playing music has allowed me to go. So Im a great tourist. Im somewhat of a tourist who plays music in order to afford my habit.
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