Maria Muldaur - Richland Woman Blues Import 180g Vinyl LP
Maria Muldaur Richland Woman Blues Import 180g Vinyl LP
A trip to Memphis Minnie's gravesite in Walls, Mississippi inspired 2001's Richland Woman Blues, Maria Muldaur's second album for Stony Plain Records. On the 25th recording of her wide-ranging career, the roots pioneer celebrates one of the most profound inspirations of 20th-century American music, the early blues of the 1920's and 1930's. On this, her fourth self-produced album, she collaborates with half a dozen of her contemporaries and a member of the next generation, all of whom she considers "keepers of the flame."
Maria's longtime soul sister, Bonnie Raitt, pays tribute to her slide guitar mentor Mississippi Fred McDowell on McDowell's "It's a Blessing," while John Sebastian, founder of the Lovin' Spoonful, and with Maria, an alumnus of the Even Dozen Jug Band, plays on one of Maria's most-frequently requested tunes, Mississippi John Hurt's "Richland Woman Blues."
Also on the recording, former Mother Earth vocalist Tracy Nelson joins in on a rare Bessie Smith/Clara Smith duet, while Taj Mahal lends his soulful touch to a spirited Blind Willie Johnson number. Maria teams up with Alvin Youngblood Hart, the new-school blues man from the Bay area, to interpret two duets originally recorded by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe.
Maria is backed by ace Canadian guitarist Amos Garrett on a Leadbelly number, and by Bay area slide guitarist and producer Roy Rogers on two more Memphis Minnie tunes. Angela Strehli joins Maria on an old Bessie Smith number to round out the wonderful set.
Maria Muldaur (vocals)
Alvin Youngblood Hart / Taj Mahal (guitar, vocals)
Bonnie Raitt / John Sebastian / Amos Garrettt / Roy Rogers (guitar)
David Wilkie (mandocello)
Dave Mathews (piano)
Roly Salley (bass)
Angela Strehli / Tracy Nelson (vocals)
Maria Muldaur Richland Woman Blues Track Listing:
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. It's A Blessing (Reprise)
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