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Marcia Ball. Photo: Mary Keaton Bruton.
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Marcia Ball. Photo: Mary Keaton Bruton.

If you go
What: Marcia Ball
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, 303-830-9214
Cost: $25-$30
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When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030
Cost: $28.25-$25.75
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It seems like only two weeks ago that these pages were graced with some “Why can’t Colorado get Grammy-level talent?” angst. Possibly because it was exactly two weeks ago.

Well the powers that be have answered the whiny call (or, you know, some things happened by coincidence). Five-time Grammy nominee Marcia Ball will be at The Soiled Dove Underground on Saturday and the Boulder Theater on Sunday, bringing the blues.

Her latest album, Roadside Attractions, was just nominated for Best Blues Album, and it’s her fourth record in a row to receive a Grammy nomination. That’s on top of winning eight Blues Music awards and Living Blues Awards for Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard). In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Music Hall Of Fame.

A Grammy win for Roadside Attractions could be especially meaningful. Ball put a little more of herself into making it than ever before.

“It’s the first album where I’ve written all of the songs,” Ball said. “I co-wrote four of them with my producer Gary Nicholson. That was great, that was something different. It was somewhat of a personal record. It’s not totally autobiographical – it’s the creative part of the process.”

Ball and her five-piece band are out on the road with the new album, and this week, they’re all over Colorado. Between December 15 and 18, they’ll play in Vail, Carbondale, Denver and Boulder. As they make their way around the state, they’ll have more than just music on their minds.

Ball’s live shows benefit a lot from her relationship with her band and the cheerful dynamic it creates for them on tour. Among the five of them, she’s been playing with them between two and thirty years. As she’s talking about touring on the phone, she’s yelling questions to the band, who are laughing in the background.

“We fly in for a gig like this, we get two cars. The guys draw straws and the losers get to ride with me. And I’m the lead car and the head navigator,” Ball said. “I think we’re having fun.”

Check out the bluesy fun for yourself this weekend. You’ve got two chances.

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