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Sweet Lovin' ol' Soul
(Stony Plain Records)
Review Date: Oct 2009
by Diana Olson
I always felt that Maria Muldaur has been neglected by the music industry. She’s been a regular on the blues circuit for dozens of years has had more than 30 highly respected records that received Grammy award nominations, but she’s still most recognized for her pop hit of the early ‘70s "Midnight at the Oasis".
On her latest release, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul, she honors Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith, and other ground breakers by performing top-notch renditions of some of their most wonderful songs. On “Empty Bed Blues” she captures the sadness of a woman who knows she’s lost a good thing that was great sexually. This album is all-acoustic and includes the 91-year-old pianist Pinetop Perkins on Julia Lee’s sultry “Decent Woman Blues” ("I’m learning to be bad, bad, bad"), Blues guitar pickers Del Rey and Steve James accompany Muldaur on almost half of the tracks, and Taj Mahal sings and plays on another three. She has a way of coming across as innocent and sweet but the lyrics say she is a bad girl too. Muldaur continues to be one of the classic female blues singers of our time.
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