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~It's been a long winter, but hang in there! Spring is right around the corner!~
~For all of our friends in the Midwest, I'm excited to announce that I'll be coming to Hamilton, Ohio on Saturday, March 1st, re-uniting with the AMAZING Gospel group, The Campbell Brothers for a very special show ~Spirit & The Blues~ An inspiring, Soul-energizing, Spirit-lifting, roof-raising time will be had by all! ~I encourage you not to miss this special collaboration of Spiritual and Musical energies! ~Your Soul will be glad that you did!~
FYI, The Campbell Brothers are the leading proponents of Sacred Steel: African-American Gospel Music, featuring electric steel guitar and vocals. Sacred Steel is a compelling, rich variety of material from the African-American Pentecostal repertoire with a new twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing voice of the steel guitar, as you have never heard it before! Though just recently emerging onto the mainstream music scene, Sacred Steel has been a high spirited & electrifying style of traditional Gospel music for over 60 years.
Recently, Philip Campbell said, “We are really jazzed about working with Maria Muldaur. This material puts us in that Sunday morning place! We see working with Maria in the same vein as working with a (highly) talented soloist in Church, so this is a welcome return to our roots!"
To get more of an idea of what this music is all about, check out The Campbell Brother's Youtube.com video as well as their website, listed below:
Spirit & The Blues
Saturday March 1
Miami University - The Parrish Auditorium
TICKET INFO HERE
~Next, after spending most of last year gallivanting all over the globe enjoying many different musical collaborations, I'm finally "Bringin' it all Back Home" and re-uniting with my Red Hot Bluesiana Band! ~YAY!!! ~Our first gig "together again" is up in St. Albert, Canada.
Friday April 4
St. Albert, Canada
TICKET INFO HERE
Then, back in the Bay Area at 2 fabulous new venues:
Friday May 30
TICKET INFO HERE
Thursday July 17
Special Show with Eric Bibb!
SF Jazz Center
San Francisco, CA
The last few days of July I'll be teaching & performing at a Blues workshop at Centrum called The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop.
July 27 - August 2
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
~2014 marks the 40th anniversary of my big hit Midnight At The Oasis!~ We are planning some very special "retrospective" shows a little later in the year to celebrate this milestone!~ Stay tuned for more news of these shows as plans develop, and check our website as more Spirit & the Blues Shows are booked in your neck of the woods!~
~Hope to see you at one of these shows soon!~
Peace & Blessings
~ Maria ~
~ My three gigs in the Northeast with my rockin' new East Coast combo, The Midnight Scramble Band were lots of fun, and went really well~ Check out this nice review from our show at the gorgeous historic venue, Mechanics Hall, in Worcester, Mass.!~
"Maria Muldaur show is first gem for new series at Mechanics Hall"
WORCESTER TELEGRAM & GAZETTE REVIEWER
By Peter Landsdowne
WORCESTER — Legendary singer Maria Muldaur kicked off a new concert series Saturday night with a dynamic performance that drew more than 300 fans. A collaboration between Mechanics Hall and Symply Fargone Productions, the new series is intended to bring quality classic rock, blues, and folk performers to the hall.
Ms. Muldaur was the perfect choice for the series opener. As a teen, she was on the Greenwich Village scene during the early 1960s, where she rubbed elbows with Bob Dylan and sang in the Even Dozen Jug Band and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Later, she also sang in the Jerry Garcia Band and launched a solo career in the early 1970s. Backed by a crackerjack band (guitarist and former member of The Band Jim Weider, keyboardist Bruce Katz, bassist Gary Solomon, and drummer Randy Ciarlante), Ms. Muldaur was in fine fettle Saturday night.
The veteran singer, still going strong in a career spanning over 50 years, sings (and looks) like a woman half her age. Leiber and Stoller's "I'm A Woman," a cut from her 1974 album "Waitress in A Donut Shop," allowed her to display her feisty approach to both music and life, which was very much in evidence through the concert's two sets. Ms. Muldaur sings in a style that she calls "Bluesiana," a mixture of New Orleans flavored blues, R&B, gospel, and other forms of American Roots music. She is especially adept at singing vintage blues, as a couple of tunes from the singer's "First Came Memphis Minnie" album demonstrated.
Ms. Muldaur invested Memphis Minnie's "In My Girlish Days," a very slow blues piece, with a bittersweet quality that reflected Minnie's autobiographical lyrics. Minnie's "Won't You Be My Chauffer?" was one of those bawdy blues numbers at which Ms. Muldaur excels. Ms. Muldaur ventured into what she called "swamp funk" for J.J. Cale's "Cajun Moon," an atmospheric and moody tune that guitarist Weider enhanced with a keening solo. Cale's "New Orleans" was faster and had Ms. Muldaur extolling the virtues of the Crescent City in her distinctive voice, sort of a blues warble with a quivering vibrato.
The singer went back to her early days for Bob Dylan's "Buckets of Rain," a selection from her "Heart of Mine" album. Guitarist Weider got a chance to shine on Levon Helm's "Rain Down Tears" as Ms. Muldaur pointed out that Weider became a member of The Band when Robbie Robertson left that group.
The singer was also superb on a bunch of gospel-tinged songs, belting out the lyrics on "Don't You Never Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down" and Elvin Bishop's "I'll Be So Glad When I Get My Groove Back Again."
Elsewhere, Ms. Muldaur delivered some powerful gut wrenching blues wailing on Percy Mayfield's iconic "Please Send Me Somebody to Love" and several other songs from her latest CD, "Steady Love."
The singer saved the best for last. Her 1974 mega hit "Midnight at the Oasis" was, of course, the most recognizable of the trio of perennial favorites she calls "The Big Three". "It's a goofy, unusual song," Ms. Muldaur said from the stage, "but it sure was good to me." Two of the singer's best-known bawdy blues songs then closed out the concert. "It Ain 't the Meat, It's the Motion" full of humorous double entendre, followed by the naughty bawdy "Don't You Feel My Leg", a warning to men that to do so would lead to feeling the thigh...you get the idea.
"Is that a standing ovation or are you just getting up to leave?" Ms. Muldaur quipped from the stage as audience members rose to their feet. The singer dedicated the encore, a spirited version of "The Power of Music," to folk icon Pete Seeger.
Blues guitarist, mandolinist, singer (and Worcester native) Marylou Ferrante opened up the concert with some exquisite finger-picking and powerful vocals on Memphis Minnie's "Too Late" and "Chickasaw Train Blues" and several other traditional blues.
This concert series is off to an impressive start and already has booked Tom Rush for a performance Feb. 27.
A Little About Maria's Most Recent Releases
MY 40TH ALBUM is a loving tribute to the late, great Memphis Minnie titled ...First Came Memphis Minnie, & features guest performances by my Soul Sisters Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Koko Taylor, Rory Block, and Ruthie Foster, as well as the amazing guitar work of Del Rey, Roy Rogers, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bob Margolin, David Bromberg, and others.
Creating this CD was a true labor of love for me, as I consider Memphis Minnie to be not only a trailblazing musical pioneer for all women, but my personal Blues hero as well! ~ Way back in the day, in 1963, when I was ‘In My Girlish Days,’ I had the amazing good fortune and privilege of meeting one of the original ‘classic’ Blues Queens, Victoria Spivey, when she was in her late 70s, living in New York City and running her own record label, Spivey Records. She took me to her apartment and played old 78s, looking for songs that would be suitable for my young voice. Of all the tunes she played for me, the one that made the deepest impression was an old scratchy 78 of a haunting, soulful tune called ‘Tricks Ain’t Walkin’’ by Memphis Minnie. I was deeply moved by the song and immediately added it to my repertoire. From that moment to this, Memphis Minnie, and the example she set for me, have remained a profound influence on my life and my music. She has also influenced many other blues artists. That is why I wanted to collaborate with my Sisters in Music to pay tribute to the woman that inspired us and paved the way for us all!
~FYI: a little bit about Memphis Minnie~
Memphis Minnie not only sang the Blues, she wrote & recorded over 200 of her own songs & played absolutely bitchin' guitar, accompanying herself with a raw rhythmic guitar sound that came to be known as ‘Country Blues'. She recorded for over 40 years and was one of the first blues artists (male or female) to take up the electric guitar in 1942. Her unique Country Blues sound evolved into electric urban Blues, blazing the trail for Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and countless others that followed. 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!
Click here to listen to an excerpt from STEADY LOVE, and don't forget both of these albums would make great gifts, so visit the Amazon store on my website to purchase them! (Go to page 5 in the store to find both of these albums!)
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I want to thank all my loyal friends & fans who came to all of our shows this year, and purchased my CDs. I deeply appreciate your loyalty, and encourage you to continue to
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STEADY LOVE REVIEWS:
“One of the greatest albums of the year.”
- John Shelton Ivany, JSI’s Top21 Syndicated Column, 9/26/11
“If there’s an underlying theme to the collection, it’s simply that there is a thread that connects this music. There are echoes here of the way Ray Charles turned gospel into secular gold, and Muldaur shows that spirituality can still rock out – the sacred and the profane aren’t all that far apart, and spirituality can still temper earthly desire without corrupting the former or diluting the latter.
There’s not a single weak outing in Muldaur’s now-extensive discography, but this just might be one of her best. Highly recommended!”
- John Taylor, Blinded by Sound, 10/7/11
“[Her latest release, STEADY LOVE] continues the winning streak she’s been on for the last decade and finds a clearly energized Muldaur in New Orleans surrounded by a first rate assembly of musicians and background vocalists. With her characteristic sly, sexy vocals, she dips into swampy funk...[The] title track is a top notch slab of southern soul and the Percy Mayfield classic, Please Send Someone to Love gets a slow torchy treatment that showcases Muldaur’s [soulful] vocal chops. While she is no longer the young chanteuse that made Midnight at the Oasis such a sexy come on in 1974, the intervening years have added a knowing wink to Muldaur’s voice that makes it real clear when she sings on Arthur Adam’s Get You Next To Me “If you want my Peaches, come on and shake my tree”, only a fool would turn down the invitation! Steady Love is a fine entry into Muldaur’s immense catalog of great music. “
- Mark Smith, Blues Source, 10/17/11
““Soul & grit” emanates from Muldaur’s voice on every track of this impressive CD – Muldaur and the band excel at all levels.
- Mick Rainsford, Blues in Britain, 10/6/11
“Muldaur has one foot in church and another in a Saturday night juke joint as she belts out hand-clapping church rousers, soul ballads and greasy swamp stompers. Over the years her voice has only gotten better, with her pipes now displaying a lusty, full-bodied resonance. On “Steady Love” the 68-year-old proves she’s one hot N’awlins mama who is way beyond that Oasis at midnight.”- Eric Feber, The Pilot, 10/12/11
“Maria Muldaur and her sweet, sultry voice literally helped to define the term "Americana," and she's a national treasure. She's recorded songs that have crossed many genres, and she appeals to fans of all ages. Get ready for a cool road trip down to N'awlins with "Steady Love!"”
- Sheryl & Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society, 9/26/11
“Perhaps nothing points up the timeless quality of this music as well as her performance of “Please Send Me Someone to Love.” Muldaur makes Percy Mayfield’s classic 1950’s ballad sound like a wrenching lament for the world we’re living in right now.”
- Nick Critiano, Boulder Daily Camera, 10/7/2011
“[STEADY LOVE] is a sure fire winner all the way for Ms. Muldaur. Fans of her earlier, more commercial releases are sure to enjoy this, as will lovers of her more recent Blues albums for Stony Plain.”
- Waverley McTavish, Blues & Rhythm (UK), 9/26/11
~ Peace & Blessings ~
GARDEN OF JOY!
What People are saying about Maria Muldaur's new album- 'Maria Muldaur & Her Garden Of Joy
- Muldaur's latest is a timely reminder that music can offer a ray of sunshine in the toughest of times. If days are dark and time is all you have to spend, Maria Muldaur's Garden Of Joy is a delightful place to spend it. more
- - Steve Jones, Crossroads Blues Society
- Muldaur's pace and phrasing are precise and her vocals are always sweet and sultry, whether singing in the style of the flapper era or deep in the blues. She has turned in a great effort once again. She and her superb team of artists have truly produced a wonderful album of "Good Time Music for Hard Times!" more
- - Richard Ludmerer, BluesWax
- Maria Muldaur reminds us that Jug Band Music is Good Time Music. Muldaur is our national treasure and she helps to keep us young. more
- - Mark Smith BluesSource.com
- Muldaur sounds positively energized by this return to her roots and delivers one of the best vocal performances in her long and storied career. more
- - David Bowling
- Garden Of Joy is a wonderful journey into the past, both for Muldaur and her fans. It is a zany album that will lift your spirits and make you smile, proving that, at times, you can go home. more
- - Graham Clarke, Phoenix Blues Society - Bluesbytes
- Jug band music has always been presented as a lighthearted escape from the things that trouble the soul. During these tough times, people need a nice change of pace from the everyday grind. Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy provides a refreshing change of pace and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a hop in your step. more
- - Mike Regenstreif, Folk Branches, 2009
- ...it's a terrific, infectiously fun, set. Many of these tunes date back to the 1930s heyday of jug band music (or even earlier). It truly does feel like being in a garden of joy listening to Maria and a sublime collection of jug-loving musicians romp through old tunes like "Shout You Cats," and "The Panic is Gone." Great stuff. More, please! more
- - Jim Musser, Folk Iowa City Press Citizen, 2009
- This brand-new, copacetic beauty reunites the still vocally-elastic Muldaur with the ageless format AND revered old mates John Sebastian, David Grisman and Taj Mahal, plus her hotshot touring band (kudos to Neil Osborne for the R. Crumb-esque cover-art, btw). It's all bright, bouncy and ghostly cool. more
- - Maria on your cell phone!
- Hey, why not hear Maria every time your cell phone rings? If you have Cingular Wireless just go to their site at www.cingular.com and click on "ringtones." Then enter Maria's name, and you can select "Mignight At The Oasis" as your tone!
I had a fabulous time hanging out & singing with my Soul Sisters & Buddy Guy at the GRAMMY Ceremony, and feel honored to have been part of the whole celebration!
(From L to R: hanging out with Betty Wright, Cyndi Lauper, and Buddy Guy)