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Presumed Innocent

  out of 4 Music Review: Presumed Innocent

Artist: Marcia Ball
Genre: Blues
Release Date: April 2001

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
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It all started when Marcia Ball was spurred on by an Irma Thomas performance many years ago… Then one stop in Texas and the subsequent discovery of Professor Longhair, and it was history for Ball; she found a home and a road to travel. She was ready to sing the blues, and she knew what her destiny was.

Nine albums later and her debut for the well-respected Alligator Records label bring her to present day. "Presumed Innocent" is homage to her long-standing, ever growing renaissance as a blues-roots artist.

From the rollicking opener "Scene Of The Crime" to the ballad "Let The Tears Roll Down," and the honky-tonk "Louella," Ball sings deep and soulful, reaching down and grabbing every ounce of that Texas-Cajun fire that drives and soaks every note with emotion and grit. This woman has a heart that is spot on to her feisty vocalisms. "I'm Coming Down With The Blues," tells the story, and you know she means every word, and the jumpin' "Shake A Leg" will get your blood circulating and get you in spirit of the party in no time.

Marcia Ball is one of the reigning Queens of the blues, and there aren't that many mind you. She couldn't have found a better home for her craft than Alligator Records. If you love the soul of the blues and can appreciate a mixture of genres including rhythm and blues, honky-tonk, and Texas flavored blues with some hot Cajun spices sprinkled all over, then look no further than this CD.

1. Scene of the Crime
2. You Make It Hard
3. Count The Days
4. Let The Tears Roll Down
5. Louella
6. Fly On The Wall
7. I Have The Right To Know
8. Thibodaux, Louisiana
9. I'm Coming Down With The Blues
10. Shake A Leg
11. Somebody To Love
12. She's So Innocent
13. You Make Me Happy



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