Marcia Ball & Tinsley Ellis – Acoustic Songs and Stories

Tinsley Ellis and Marcia Ball are excited to present an intimate evening of their music and memories in “Acoustic Songs and Stories”. Tinsley Ellis will perform many of his most popular songs followed by five-time Grammy Nominee, Marcia Ball, who will play the piano and sing her raucous and touching original numbers. They close out the show with a duo performance while swapping tales of travels.

Friday, September 22 | 7:00 pm

About The Artist

Tinsley Ellis and Marcia Ball are excited to present an intimate evening of their music and memories called Acoustic Songs and Stories. They will be performing at Saugatuck Center for the Arts on Friday, September 22 in Saugatuck. Tinsley will perform many of his most popular songs from his twenty albums, plus some delta blues and classics on his National Steel and Martin acoustic guitars. Marcia, a five-time Grammy nominee, will play the piano and sing her raucous and touching original songs. Finally, they will come together as a duo to close the night playing songs together and swapping tales of their travels and travails. Don’t miss this special performance.
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Marcia Ball

Marcia Ball

Winner of 11 Blues Music Awards
Winner of 11 Living Blues Awards
Inducted into Austin City Limits Hall of Fame (2018)

“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” The Houston Chronicle says simply, “She’s as perfect as an artist can be.”

Tinsley Ellis

World renowned Southern blues-rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis—like every other musician—was caught off guard when the pandemic shutdown hit in March 2020. Ellis was forced to cancel the tour promoting his just-released album, Ice Cream In Hell, only six weeks into the 60-date run. This would be the first time in 40 years he’d be off the road, and as he drove the 2400 miles home from Reno to Atlanta, he was already formulating his future plans. Ellis resolved to dedicate his pandemic-forced downtime to creating new songs and growing as a songwriter. To get back to his musical roots, he began composing on amps and guitars that he hadn’t used for decades. He explored obscure studio and live recordings from some of his greatest musical heroes, such as the Allman Brothers, Freddie King, Michael Bloomfield, B.B. King and beyond, and was inspired by his favorite artists all over again. Eighteen months later, Ellis had written an astonishing 200 new songs.

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