After 26 years and 24 albums, folk/blues/gospel singer Maria Muldaur decided after a visit to Beale Street in Memphis to do a tribute album of pre-war blues. While this is far from an original idea, Muldaur grittily covers some classic tunes with the help of like-minded musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews, Taj Mahal and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Keeping the arrangements simple, Muldaur seems liberated by the material, and her powerful voice growls and soars on the album. She seems not so much to be covering these songs, as singing through them, particularly her sublime duet with Bonnie Raitt on Mississippi Fred McDowell's gospel blues, "It's a Blessing." Elsewhere, Muldaur spits out double entendres with glee in the raucous "Me and My Chauffeur Blues" and the saloon ballad "Put It Right Here," which features Matthews on piano. Filled with a tenacious spirit, this album is a rich and rewarding listen.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.