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Marcia Ball's Latest CD: Shine Bright


1. Shine Bright 3:41

(Marcia Ball, Gatorhythms, BMI)


2. I Got To Find Somebody 3:15

(Ernest Kador, Jr., Boot House Of Tunes, BMI)


3. They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That 4:19

(Marcia Ball, Gatorhythms, BMI/Gary Nicholson, Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Gary Nicholson Music, ASCAP)


4. Life Of The Party 3:36

(Marcia Ball, Gatorhythms, BMI/Michael Schermer, Bentsongs Publishing, BMI)


5. What Would I Do Without You 2:48

(Ray Charles, Unichappell Music, Inc., BMI)


6. When The Mardi Gras Is Over 3:15

(Shelley King, Lucky Monday Music, ASCAP/Tim Cook, Sleeping Elephant Music, BMI/Marcia Ball, Gatorhytms, BMI)


7. Once In A Lifetime Thing 3:03

(Marcia Ball, Gatorhythms, BMI)


8. Pots And Pans 4:33

(Marcia Ball, Gatorhythms, BMI)


9. World Full Of Love 4:08

(Marcia Ball, Gatorhythms, BMI/Kimmie Rhodes Gracey, Dancing Feet, BMI)


10. I’m Glad I Did What I Did 3:22

(Marcia Ball, Gatorhythms, BMI/Gary Nicholson, Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Gary Nicholson Music, ASCAP)


11. Too Much For Me 2:39

(Marcia Ball, Gatorhythms, BMI)


12. Take A Little Louisiana 3:42

(Jesse Winchester, BMG Firefly obo Musique Chanteclair, Inc., ASCAP)



Produced by Steve Berlin and mixed by Jim Vollentine


Songs recorded at Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana.

Justin Tocket, engineer


“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,”

“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”


Pots and pans: Betsy Moon, Becky Beaver, Margot Thomas, Margie Pousson,

Kimmie Rhodes, Jolie Goodnight, Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland, Catherine Mears


Photography by Mary Bruton

Design by Mark Nathan

Mastering by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering



For booking: www.thekurlandagency.com


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.


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