Happy Birthday To Blues Greats Marcia Ball & Jimmy Vaughan




First here’s Ms Ball with “That’s Enough Of That Stuff 





” Pianist and singer/songwriter Marcia Ball is a living example of how East Texas blues meets southwest Louisiana swamp rock. Ball was born March 20, 1949, in Orange, Texas, but grew up across the border in Vinton, Louisiana. That town is squarely in the heart of “the Texas triangle,” an area that includes portions of both states and that has produced some of the country’s greatest blues talents: Janis Joplin, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Queen Ida Guillory, Lonnie Brooks, Zachary Richard, Clifton Chenier, and Kenny Neal, to name a few. Ball‘s earliest awareness of blues came over the radio, where she heard people like Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair, and Etta James, all of whom she now credits as influences. She began playing piano at age five, learning from her grandmother and aunt and also taking formal lessons from a teacher.

  Ball entered Louisiana State University in the late ’60s as an English major; in college, she played in the psychedelic rock & roll band Gum. In 1970, Ball and her first husband were headed West in their car to San Francisco, but the car needed repairs in Austin, where they had stopped off to visit one of their former bandmates. After experiencing some of the music, sights, and food in Austin, the two decided to stay there. Ball has been based in Austin ever since.

  Her piano style, which mixes equal parts boogie-woogie with zydeco and Louisiana swamp rock, is best exemplified on her series of excellent recordings for the Rounder label. They include Soulful Dress (1983), Hot Tamale Baby (1985),Gatorhythms (1989), and Blue House (1994). Also worthy of checking out is her collaboration with Angela Strehli and Lou Ann Barton on the Antone’s label, Dreams Come True(1990). Ball, like her peer Strehli, is an educated business woman fully aware of all the realities of the record business.Ball never records until she feels she’s got a batch of top-notch, quality songs. Most of the songs on her albums are her own creations, so songwriting is a big part of her job description. ” … Continued





  Circuit Queen 1978 Circuit Queen Capitol  
  Freda & the Firedogs Live 1980 Freda & the Firedogs Live Big Wheel Records  
Soulful Dress
1984 Soulful Dress album review Rounder Select / Rounder  
Hot Tamale Baby
1985 Hot Tamale Baby album review Rounder Select / Rounder  
1989 Gatorhythms album review Rounder  
Dreams Come True
1990 Dreams Come True album review Antone’s  
Blue House
1994 Blue House album review Rounder Select / Rounder  
Let Me Play with Your Poodle
1997 Let Me Play with Your Poodle album review Rounder  
Sing It!
1998 Sing It! album review Rounder Select / Rounder  
Presumed Innocent
2001 Presumed Innocent album review Alligator Records  
So Many Rivers
2003 So Many Rivers album review Alligator Records  
Live! Down the Road
2005 Live! Down the Road album review Alligator Records  
Peace, Love & BBQ
2008 Peace, Love & BBQ album review Alligator Records  
Roadside Attractions
2011 Roadside Attractions album review Alligator Records  
The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man
2014 The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man album review Alligator


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And now it is Mr Vaughan‘s turn with a live performance at the Malibu Inn from May of 2013 … Enjoy









” As a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan was one of the leading Austin, Texas guitarists of the late ’70s and ’80s, responsible for opening the national market up for gritty roadhouse blues and R&B. Influenced by guitarists like Freddie King, B.B. King, and Albert King,Vaughan developed a tough, lean sound that became one of the most recognizable sounds of ’70s and ’80s blues and blues-rock. For most of his career, Vaughan co-led the Fabulous Thunderbirds with vocalist Kim Wilson. It wasn’t until 1994 that he launched a full-fledged solo career.

  Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Jimmie Vaughan began playing guitar as a child. Initially, Vaughan was influenced by both blues and rock & roll. While he was in his teens, he played in a number of garage rock bands, none of which attained any success. At the age of 19, he left Dallas and moved to Austin. For his first few years in Austin, Vaughan played in a variety of blues bar bands. In 1972, he formed his own group, the Storm, which supported many touring blues musicians.

  In 1974, Vaughan met a vocalist and harmonica player named Kim Wilson. Within a year, the pair had formed the Fabulous Thunderbirds along with bassist Keith Furguson and drummer Mike Buck. For four years, the T-Birds played local Texas clubs, gaining a strong fan base. By the end of the decade, the group had signed a major label contract with Chrysalis Records and seemed bound for national stardom. However, none of their albums became hits and they were dropped by Chrysalis at the end of 1982.

   At the same time the T-Birds were left without a recording contract, Jimmie‘s younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, came storming upon the national scene with his debut album,Texas Flood.” …. Continued





Strange Pleasure
1994 Strange Pleasure Epic  
A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan
1996 A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan album review Epic  
Out There
1998 Out There album review Epic  
Do You Get the Blues?
2001 Do You Get the Blues?album review Artemis Records  
Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites
2010 Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites album review Shout! Factory  
Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites
2011 Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites album review Shout! Factory  


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    Happy birthday to two great Texas blues musicians who have made our lives brighter with their fabulous talents . Here’s wishing you both a wonderful day .