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Friday, Jul. 20, 2018

Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur is best known worldwide for her 1974 megahit “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 fifty-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 1960s, 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 1960s.

In 2012, for her fortieth album, Muldaur produced the critically acclaimed 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, many of whom joined Muldaur on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor, and Rory Block, accompanied by the amazing guitar work of Del Rey, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers (slide guitar), and others.

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