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Maria Muldaur

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Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit "Midnight at the Oasis," which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American roots music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early blues, bluegrass and Appalachian "old timey" music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s.

In the 39 years since "Midnight at the Oasis," Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American roots music, including gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz and big band (not to mention several award-winning children's albums), before settling comfortably into her favorite idiom, the blues, in recent years. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammys and other awards.

Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and by the Blues Foundation as "Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year," as was the follow up to that album, Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul. Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can!, featured songs from some of the most socially conscious songwriters of the past half century: Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Allen Toussaint, Garth Brooks and others, and featured her "Women's Voices for Peace Choir," which included: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near and others.

For her 2009 release, Maria revisited her original jug band roots, teaming up with John Sebastian, David Grisman and Dan Hicks. Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy was nominated for "Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year" by the Blues Foundation, and garnered Maria her 6th Grammy nomination, as well.

In 2011, Maria detoured from her ongoing exploration of vintage blues and released Steady Love, a return to her much-beloved New Orleans (the place she calls her "musical and spiritual home") to record a contemporary electric blues album that reflected the kind of music she loves to perform live - what she calls "Bluesiana Music" - her own brand of New Orleans-flavored blues, rhythm and blues and "swamp funk." Steady Love reached #1 on the Living Blues Chart and garnered her another nomination for "Best Traditional Female Blues Artist" from the Blues Foundation.

Now, in 2012, for her 40th album, Maria has produced ....First Came Memphis Minnie, a loving tribute to the pioneering blues woman, who inspired and influenced so many female blues artists who followed in her footsteps. The album features special guests Rory Block, Ruthie Foster, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow and Koko Taylor, accompanied by the amazing guitar work of Del Rey, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers, Bob Margolin, Steve James and Steve Freund.

The new album is a true labor of love for Maria, who considers Memphis Minnie to be not only a trailblazing musical pioneer for all women, but also a personal blues hero. "From that first moment I heard her soulful music on an old scratchy 78, to this," says Maria, "Memphis Minnie, and the example she set for me, has remained a profound influence on my life and my music."

The queen of mid-20th century blues, Memphis Minnie was a true musical innovator who pioneered the electrified Chicago-blues-band sound. In her prime, she was a blues singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and guitar-player-par-excellence; a colorful, larger-than-life figure who in 1942 was one of the first blues musician to record with an electric guitar. In a recording career which spanned over 40 years, she released more than 200 songs, many of which she wrote and several of which endure today as blues classics. From the beginning of the Great Depression through the end of World War II - through an endless stream of innovative recordings and consistently compelling live performances - she dominated the primarily male dominion of the Chicago blues scene.

"At a time when women were 'kept in their place,' both personally and professionally," says Maria, "Memphis Minnie was tough, independent, outspoken, and played a mean guitar! But, she was more than just a guitar hero of early country blues. She ably adapted to newer trends and modernized her style, which helped account for her years of popularity. She was tough, determined, talented, and courageous enough to defy and overcome all the racial, social, economic, and gender barriers that existed in her time, forging the life she envisioned for herself on nothing but her own terms!"

....First Came Memphis Minnie

....First Came Memphis Minnie
SPCD 1358
Genre: Blues
Released: 9 October 2012

Maria Muldaur has produced this tribute album to her blues hero Memphis Minnie. The CD includes several previously released tracks by Maria with Alvin Youngblood Hart, Del Rey, Roy Rogers and Steve James. In addition, new recordings by Rory Block, Ruthie Foster and Bonnie Raitt were done for this project. Classic tracks by Koko Taylor and Phoebe Snow are also included.

Memphis Minnie was one of the most influential and pioneering blues musicians and guitarists of all time. Recording for over forty years, she was one of the first blues artists to take up the electric guitar in 1942. She took her unique country blues sound into electric urban blues, paving the way for Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and countless others.

  1. Me And My Chauffeur Blues (3:12) (Maria Muldaur/Roy Rogers/Roly Salley)
  2. Ain't Nothin' In Ramblin' (3:42) (Bonnie Raitt/Steve Freund)
  3. I'm Goin' Back Home (2:56) (Maria Muldaur/Alvin Youngblood Hart)
  4. I'm Sailin' (3:44) (Maria Muldaur/Del Rey/Steve James/Roly Salley)
  5. When You Love Me (3:20) (Rory Block)
  6. Long As I Can See You Smile (2:46) (Maria Muldaur/Del Rey/Steve James)
  7. Lookin' The World Over (2:47) (Maria Muldaur/Del Rey)
  8. In My Girlish Days (4:47) (Phoebe Snow/David Bromberg)
  9. She Put Me Outdoors (3:03) (Maria Muldaur/Alvin Youngblood Hart/Dave Earl)
  10. Keep Your Big Mouth Closed (3:13) (Ruthie Foster/Steve Freund/Tanya Richardson/Samantha Banks)
  11. Tricks Ain't Walkin' (4:33) (Maria Muldaur/Del Rey/Dave Earl)
  12. Crazy Cryin' Blues (3:05) (Maria Muldaur/Del Rey/Steve James)
  13. Black Rat Swing (5:08) (Koko Taylor/Bob Margolin/Criss Johnson/John Kattke/Jimmy Sutton/Willie Hayes)

Steady Love

Steady Love
SPCD 1346
Genre: Blues
Released: 27 September 2011

Maria Muldaur returns to her much beloved New Orleans and collaborates with her favourite Crescent City musicians to produce a high energy album of blues & swamp funk, full of soul & grit, bad to the bone, & played with reckless abandon.

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  1. I'll Be Glad (4:44)
  2. Why Are People Like That? (3:14)
  3. Soulful Dress (3:08)
  4. Blues Go Walking (3:14)
  5. I’ve Done Made It Up In My Mind (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:10)
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  6. Walk By Faith (4:19)
  7. As An Eagle Stirreth In Her Nest (4:28)
  8. Rain Down Tears (4:34)
  9. Get You Next To Me (4:38)
  10. Steady Love (4:22)
  11. Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down (4:11)
  12. Please Send Me Someone To Love (6:28)
  13. I Am Not Alone (5:09)

Reviews:

Blues Revue #132 Nov/Dec 2011
By Michael Cala
Consistently, she has chosen the material best suited to her voice and singing style. She also chooses to work with talented peers who share her vision of American roots music.

Garden Of Joy

Garden Of Joy
SPCD 1332
Genre: Blues/Folk
Released: 29 September 2009
  1. The Diplomat (3:48)
  2. Shake Hands And Tell Me Goodbye (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:04)
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  3. Shout You Cats (3:00)
  4. The Ghost Of The St Louis Blues (3:44)
  5. Let It Simmer (4:38)
  6. Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul (4:16)
  7. Medley: Life's Too Short / When Elephants Roost In Bamboo Trees (5:10)
  8. Garden Of Joy (2:23)
  9. He Calls That Religion (4:03)
  10. I Ain't Gonna Marry (2:53)
  11. Bank Failure Blues (5:19)
  12. The Panic Is On (4:02)

Reviews:

JSI's Top 21
By KFM

Maria Muldaur and band form a beautiful melody that puts you in a dream and when you wake up you find yourself singing along to it.

Naughty, Bawdy and Blue

Naughty, Bawdy and Blue
SPCD 1319
Genre: Blues
Released: 24 April 2007
  1. Down Home Blues (2:23)
  2. Up The Country Blues (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:17)
  3. Separation Blues (With Bonnie Raitt) (4:43)
  4. A Good Man Is Hard To Find (3:55)
  5. Handy Man (3:59)
  6. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues (3:32)
  7. Smile (3:36)
  8. TB Blues (3:10)
  9. One Hour Mama (3:06)
  10. Empty Bed Blues (6:22)
  11. Early Every Morn (3:33)
  12. Yonder Come The Blues (2:44)

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Reviews:

Living Blues #191 August 2007
By Lee Hildebrand
Muldaur shines throughout, her raspy tone and wide vibrato an ideal match for the vintage material.

Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul

Sweet Lovin
SPCD 1304
Genre: Blues
Released: 8 February 2005
  1. I Am Sailin' (Listen to mp3 clip) (3:45)
  2. Long As I Can See You Smile (2:45)
  3. Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:16)
  4. Ain't What You Used To Have (5:59)
  5. Lookin' The World Over (2:49)
  6. Empty Bed Blues (6:23)
  7. Tricks Ain't Walkin' (Listen to mp3 clip) (4:33)
  8. Crazy Cryin' Blues (3:04)
  9. She Put Me Outdoors (3:03)
  10. Decent Woman Blues (2:24)
  11. I'm Goin' Back (3:57)
  12. Take A Stand (2:36)

Richland Woman Blues

Richland Woman Blues
SPCD 1270
Genre: Blues
  1. Richland Woman Blues
  2. Grasshoppers In My Pillow
  3. It's a Blessing
  4. Me and My Chauffeur Blues
  5. Put It Right Here
  6. I'm Goin' Back Home
  7. My Man Blues
  8. In My Girlish Days
  9. Far Away Blues
  10. I Got to Move
  11. Lonesome Desert blues
  12. Soul of a Man
  13. I Belong to that Band
  14. It's a Blessing (Reprise)

Jazzabelle

Jazzabelle
SPCD 1188
Genre: Jazz Vocal

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  1. Your Molecular Structure (2:53)
  2. Weeping Willow Blues (4:28)
  3. Everybody Cryin' Mercy (4:45)
  4. Rio De Janeiro Blue (3:36)
  5. You're My Thrill (3:49)
  6. Long As You're Living (2:53)
  7. Elona (5:38)
  8. Do Your Duty (3:28)
  9. Don't You Feel My Leg (Don't You Get Me High) (4:14)
  10. September Rain (6:28)
  11. Southern Music (4:49)
  12. Where (5:38)
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Sweet And Slow

Sweet And Slow
SPCD 1183
Genre: Blues
  1. Cooking Breakfast For The One I Love (2:39)
  2. Adam And Eve Had The Blues (3:03)
  3. Blues For Hoagy (Laid Back Blues) (3:04)
  4. There's Going To Be The Devil To Pay (3:00)
  5. Sweet And Slow (6:19)
  6. Brother, Seek And Ye Shall Find (1:25)
  7. Oh Papa (4:42)
  8. Loverman (Oh Where Can You Be) (4:38)
  9. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You (4:01)
  10. Prelude To A Kiss (5:44)

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