So it's a treat that Charleston will host Ball again Friday night — she's been here before, most recently for Mountain Stage. And she'll be trotting out lots of fresh material from her newest CD, "Roadside Attractions," which she says includes 12 songs with her name on them, either from writing them alone or co-writing them.
"It was kind of an unusual thing to have written the whole album," she said, crediting her producer, Gary Nicholson, for helping bring clarity to the project. Unusual, indeed, since she'd never written all the songs on an album in her 40-year career.
"He's a relentless songwriter and he's written for a whole lot of people," Ball said of Nicholson.
Ball's music has been described as a blend of "Texas roadhouse boogie and Louisiana swamp blues," and her delivery is as energetic as ever.
She'll take the stage ever the lady — a nice dress and red lipstick are her trademarks.
"My audience is worth that," she said.
Ball travels with an electronic module she says makes any keyboard provided sound "like my sound."
These days, she plays an actual piano rarely, especially on the road.
"I do it only on the rare occasions that I might do something solo or more piano-centric," she said. "Because generally, for me, I can't hear myself over the band and the audience can't hear me, either."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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