Roadside Attractions

Marcia Ball

Roadside Attractions


One of the finest releases of her career. A first class Marcia Ball party in full swing! Frisky Texas roadhouse blues, rollicking New Orleans R&B and heart-wrenching ballads. All songs written or co-written by Marcia. “More fun than a barrel of funky monkeys. Spicy, Texas-Louisiana blues, rock ‘n’ roll and boogie-woogie...awesome piano.”National Public Radio
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1. That's How It Goes 3:44
When I woke up this morning
I saw the sun was shining in my door
I opened up my eyes and saw
I did not have to worry anymore
I’m going to let a little secret slip
It’s not the destination, it’s the trip
It’s the moss you gather while you roll
Don’t you know, that’s how it goes

You’ve got to stop, look and listen
The message that you’re getting is clear
You can’t wait for Christmas
It’s Christmas every day of the year
So count your blessings one by one
Welcome every rising sun
‘Cause pretty soon your race is run
Don’t you know, that’s how it goes

I help you and you help me
That’s the way the world should be
Tit for tat and give and take
Just be good for goodness sake
I’ll pick you up if you should fall
It works both ways if it works at all
Hold in your heart the people you love
Always thank the powers above
Everyone deserves a share
So keep your promise, fair is fair

So gather ‘round me people
And help me while I sing this song
I’d rather have you with me
Together as we travel along
It’s the feeling of the wind in your face
The sound of the music they play
The friends you make along the way
Don’t you know, that’s how it goes

Don’t you know, that’s how it goes
Just so you know, that’s how it goes
2. Roadside Attractions 3:30
3. Between Here And Kingdom Come 3:55
4. We Fell Hard 3:22
5. Look Before You Leap 3:48
6. I Heard It All 3:37
7. Believing In Love 2:18
8. This Used To Be Paradise 3:21
9. Everybody's Looking For The Same Thing 3:25
10. Sugar Boogie 3:13
11. Mule Headed Man 5:54
12. The Party's Still Going On 3:25

For complete lyrics to the songs: www.marciaball.com

 

Produced by GARY NICHOLSON

 

THAT’S HOW IT GOES / ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS / BETWEEN HERE AND KINGDOM COME / I HEARD IT ALL / BELIEVING IN LOVE / EVERYBODY’S LOOKING FOR THE SAME THING
Recorded at Fearless Recording, Nashville, Tennessee by Ray Kennedy and Gary Nicholson, assisted by Patrick Granado.


WE FELL HARD / LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP / THIS USED TO BE PARADISE / SUGAR BOOGIE / MULE HEADED MAN / THE PARTY’S STILL GOING ON

Recorded at Bismeaux Studio, Austin, Texas, by Sam "Lightnin'" Seifert, assisted by Will Harrison.

 

Mixed by RAY KENNEDY at Room and Board, Nashville, Tennessee


Mastered by RAY KENNEDY at Zen Masters, Nashville, Tennessee


Produced by GARY NICHOLSON

 

Thanks from Gary to: Nathan Nicholson, Colin Linden, Patrick Granado, Barbara Nicholson and extra special thanks to Ray Kennedy for special care.

Album photography and design by ALAN MESSER [www.alanmesser.com]

 

 

Forty years of Roadside Attractions and this life of roaming ‘round has never worn thin. I love it when the wheels start rolling, when the band starts playing, when the crowds start dancing and when I see the lights of home at the end of the road.

 

For keeping me out there, big thanks to Bruce Iglauer and everyone at Alligator Records, Tom Gold and the Rosebud Agency, Page Hite, Ed Fair, Debbie Gardner Bennett, Deb Fleming, my wonderful band, especially my “bass player for life,” Don Bennett, and Johnny Medina, our ears and our soul.


For making me always glad to get back home, thanks to Gordon and our family, especially Lincoln Ball.


For inspiration, advice, distraction and direction, thanks to the women of

Dominos For World Peace, the Pianorama players, and Nancy Coplin, Margie Pousson, Janice Hilscher, Linda Bacon, Susan Antone, Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland, Ruthie Foster, Teresa James, Sarah Campbell, Angela Strehli, Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson, and Delbert and Wendy.


For being roadside attractions in the truest sense, thanks to Johnny and Brenda Nicholas and the Hilltop Cafe, Curtis Clark and the Evangeline Cafe, and Kathy Johnson at Pieces of the Past. For keeping the party going on, great big thanks to all the musicians who played on this record, the writers who wrote with me, and Gary, Ray and Sam for catching the lightning.


For doing the hard work of supporting traveling musicians, many thanks to all the great club owners, blues societies, festivals, The Blues Foundation, HAAM, SIMS, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and, most of all, the fans of real music everywhere.