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Maria Muldaur
-Naughty Bawdy & Blue- 
CD Review - By Bob Silvestri

Yes you know her for her hit "Midnight at the Oasis" but Maria Muldaur has been playing the blues for the majority of her career. Her latest release titled Naughty Bawdy & Blue is a collection of songs from classic female blues divas that have influenced Muldaur and many others. These artists, among them Victoria Spivey, Sippie Wallace and Ma Rainey, melded blues, ragtime, folk, jazz and Dixieland music to leave a lasting impression on generations of musicians. The music was considered risqué for the time (the 1920's and 30's) with double entendres, innuendo and lyrics from a strong female perspective that was unheard of before. Highlights here are "Empty Bed Blues", "A Good Man is Hard to Find", "Handy Man" and "One Hour Mama". Another artist influenced by these ladies is Bonnie Raitt who shows up on the track "Separation Blues". On the web www.mariamuldaur.com and www.stonyplainrecords.com

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