So Many Rivers

So Many Rivers

by Marcia BallMarcia Ball


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Marcia Ball’s Presumed Innocent won the 2002 W. C. Handy Blues Album of the Year award. So Many Rivers ascends to even loftier heights, with esteemed producer/guitarist Stephen Bruton showcasing Her Tallness’s fierce, two-fisted piano and confident, earthy vocals. Deservedly dedicated to the songwriters (Ball herself wrote 6 of the 14 numbers), the album features festive, up-tempo R&B offset by three soulful slow-burners. “Fonk” is the unifying vibe throughout, to borrow from the uproariously ribald “Three Hundred Pounds of Hongry.” Ball also dips into zydeco (“Honeypie”) and western swing revival (“The Lowdown’), and proves she can blues-rock with the best of them on “Foreclose on the House of Love.” The recording benefits from a fertile cross-pollination with Bruton’s pals, including southern songwriting legend Donnie Fritts, who contributes two songs. A summation of Ball's abundant talents, So Many Rivers just may be her watershed.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551489122
catalogNumber: 4891
Rank: 74102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcia Ball   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Wayne Toups   Accordion,Vocals
Keith Robinson   Drums
Stephen Bruton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Debra Dobkin   Percussion
Tom Fillman   Drums
Nick Lane   Trombone
Chris Maresh   Bass
John Nichols   Harmonica,Background Vocals
James Pennebaker   Fiddle,Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Lon Price   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Red Young   Hammond Organ
Pat Boyack   Guitar
Randy Jacobs   Background Vocals
Kaz Kazanoff   Tenor Saxophone
Alicia Jones   Background Vocals
Gary Slechta   Trumpet
Yoggie Musgrove   Bass

Technical Credits

Marcia Ball   Composer
Arthur Alexander   Composer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
Stephen Bruton   Producer
Chet Himes   Engineer
Eddie Hinton   Composer
Ross Hogarth   Engineer
Daniel Moore   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Daniel Timms   Composer
Red Young   Arranger
Doug Duffey   Composer
John Lee Sanders   Composer
Gordon Fowler   Paintings
Jodi Siegel   Composer
Sandra Brown   Composer
Marcus Aurelius   Author

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