Ball, who was born on the Texas-Louisiana border, learned the foundations of her boogie-woogie piano style from a talented aunt. But it wasn't until Ball first heard New Orleans soul diva Irma Thomas sing at a Baton Rouge concert that music became the driving force in the teenager's life. She soon discovered the music of piano legend Professor Longhair, and by the time she was in college, Ball was playing in bands. A trip to San Francisco after graduation ended abruptly in Austin when her car broke down, but Ball found a comfortable home in Austin's funky R&B/rock/country scene. Over the years, her style has acquired a unique flavor, one that blends New Orleans and Austin influences into something instantly recognizable to her fans around the world.Although Ball and Taylor have each made stops in the St. Louis area over the past few years, it's a rare treat to hear them on the same bill. The combination should bring out the best in each musician -- and offers the intriguing possibility of Ball and Taylor's joining forces for a tune or two.
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