A career-defining album produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. Marcia is simply on fire throughout, with an exuberant array of piano-fueled roadhouse romps seasoned by incomparably soulful ballads. Tracks include nine new Marcia originals, plus brilliant takes on the music of Ray Charles, Ernie K-Doe and Jesse Winchester. Producer/saxophonist Berlin guests on five tracks. "Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry...her songs ring with emotional depth" —Rolling Stone
"Take A Little Louisiana" · "When The Mardi Gras Is Over" · "Once In A Lifetime Thing" · "I Got To Find Somebody"
Marcia Ball: Piano Lee Allen Zeno: Bass Jermaine Prejean: Drums, Percussion Roddie Romero: Guitar, Accordion, Background Vocal on "Take A Little Louisiana" Eric Adcock: Hammond B-3 Organ Yvette Landry: Background Vocal on "Take A Little Louisiana" Steve Berlin: Baritone Sax Eric Bernhardt: Tenor Sax
Songs recorded at Texas Treefort, Austin, Texas. Jim Vollentine: Engineer · Aaron Glemboski: Assistant
"Shine Bright" · "Pots And Pans" · "Life Of The Party" · "I'm Glad I Did What I Did" Marcia Ball: Piano Bruce Hughes: Bass Conrad Choucroun: Drums Mike Schermer: Guitar Red Young: Hammond B-3 organ
"Too Much For Me" · "What Would I Do" · "They Don't Make 'Em Like That" Marcia Ball: Piano Don Bennett: Bass Corey Keller: Drums Mike Schermer: Guitar Eric Bernhardt: Tenor Sax Red Young: Hammond B-3 Organ Steve Berlin: Baritone Sax on "Too Much For Me" Enrique Chi: Tres on "Life Of The Party"
"World Full Of Love" Marcia Ball: Piano Red Young: Hammond B-3 Organ Mike Schermer: Acoustic Guitar
Background vocals and horns recorded at Big Orange Studio, Austin, Texas. Stuart Sykes: Engineer · Chris Boasso: Assistant
Hot Horns on "I’m Glad I Did What I Did," "When The Mardi Gras Is Over," and "What Would I Do" and "Pots And Pans" Dan Bechdolt: Baritone Sax Eric Bernhardt: Tenor Sax Justin Vasquez: Alto Sax Steve Butts: Trumpet Al Gomez Jr.: Trumpet
Horn Arrangements by Red Young
Al Gomez Jr.: Trumpet on "Life Of The Party" Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland and Eric Bernhardt: Background Vocals on "Life Of The Party," "Shine Bright," "When The Mardi Gras Is Over" and "Once In A Lifetime Thing"
Shelley King and Carolyn Wonderland: Background Vocals on "Pots And Pans" and "I'm Glad I Did What I Did" Don Bennett, Mike Schermer and Eric Bernhardt: Background Vocals on "I Got To Find Somebody" and "They Don't Make 'Em Like That"
Kimmie Rhodes and Jolie Goodnight: Background Vocals on "World Full Of Love"
Fifty years have passed in a flash, from Gum in Baton Rouge in 1968 to Shine Bright in Austin in 2018. Through Firedogs, Misery Brothers, thirty-eight years of Marcia Ball Bands, millions of miles, a hundred musicians (not so many, considering), several thousand gigs and fourteen albums, I still love the feel of the wheels rolling, the tuning and the warming up, and the energy in a room full of people ready to go wherever it is we take them. Through it all, I have had the amazing support of family and band and friends: Gordon, Luke, Jeb, Brandy, Tracy, Linc and Huddie, Olin and Liam, Don Bennett (Bass Player For Life), my tech wizard Johnny Medina, co-writers Kimmie Rhodes, Gary Nicholson, Shelley King and Tim Cook, Mike Schermer, and all the musicians on all the records, especially this one.
Bruce Iglauer and the Alligator Records crew who make so many good things happen. Jack Randall and The Kurland Agency who keep us working. Page Hite for our website. Deb Fleming without whom I'd never get anywhere.
Steve Berlin who took on this project and talked me through it. He made it work. Steve and I want to thank Jack and Susie Rock for opening their home and hearts and that fabulous studio to us. Jim Vollentine for great ears and serious patience.
A special thank you to Eric Adcock who put together the session at Dockside Studio. Eric did everything to make that an exceptional experience, including playing killer B-3. Steve and Cezanne Nails have created a little paradise on the bayou. Roddie Romero and Yvette Landry made my dream of singing together come true. Justin Tocket makes magic look easy.
HAAM, HOME, Dominos For World Peace, all of my incredible women friends, especially Margie who has been with me all the way, who sustain me, play dominos, bang on pots and pans, raise money for good causes, write songs and books, march when it's important, laugh when it's funny and cry when it's sad, and most of all love one another and try to make the world a better place.
Dedicated to Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino and Buckwheat Zydeco.