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Richland Woman Blues

Maria MuldaurAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Maria Muldaur may be best known for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis” and the follow-up, the iconic anthem “I’m A Woman.” But, her pop success aside, her 47 year career is best described as a long and rambling odyssey through various forms of American roots music.
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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • ASIN: B00005AMNH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In so many ways, this offering from Maria Muldaur--her 25th--is a surprise. To begin with, there's the overall rootsy feel, with a very classic, traditional aesthetic governing most of the material--unusual indeed for a vocalist whose Meet Me Where They Play the Blues and Music for Lovers were rooted in much more of a pop sensibility. Then again, since Muldaur started out with folksy jug bands, often in the company of ex-husband and modern folkster Geoff Muldaur, maybe this return to the roots isn't too surprising.

But then, there's her choice of guest stars; Richland Woman Blues is as much about Muldaur's collaborators as it is about her own voice. Some of them are obvious, given the album's bent: there are two excellent duets with Alvin Youngblood Hart, one with Taj Mahal, and a couple of tracks featuring Californian blues guitarist Roy Rogers (no, not that one!). But there's also keyboard work from Dave Mathews on two tracks, a devotional duet with Bonnie Raitt, and a rich, throaty duet with Tracy Nelson, in which both women acquit themselves admirably. While a departure from her usual idiom, this is a sound, solid entry in Muldaur's body of work, where she holds her own with a cast of distinguished guests. --Genevieve Williams

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one fine acoustic blues album! May 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Those of us aging folkies who have been listening to Maria Muldaur since her days with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band during the "Sixties Folk Scare," will immediately recognize "Richmond Woman Blues" as a return--as well as a tribute--to her folk and blues roots. I mean, what more perfect way to start this acoustic blues album than with the fine finger-picking of John Sebastian, who was also part of that old New York jug band scene (too bad we don't get to hear his fine blues harp here...oh, well).
As Maria writes in her extensive and interesting liner notes, this was "a labor of love." That's obvious from start to finish the way she carefully selected tunes and visiting artists to pay tribute to the blues of the 20s and 30s. Like Maria, I got to see a few of the songwriters represented here in their old age. The blind street preacher, Reverend Gary Davis, inspired many of us budding guitar players to take a good look at our finger-picking technique. He continues to inspire me in the way he combined the gospel with this rootsy music.
My favorite tunes here are those from the gospel blues tradition. Here Maria "had church" with Bonnie Raitt and her slide guitar in her living room on Mississippi Fred McDowell's "It's a Blessing." On Blind Willie Johnson's "Soul of a Man," Marie is joined by a growly voiced Taj Mahal and Roy Rogers on slide guitar. This rendition is quite a bit grittier than Bruce Cockburn's version on "Nothing But a Burning Light," but either way it's a powerful tune about the condition of every person's soul. Ernie Hawkins joins Maria with his fine finger-picking on Gary Davis' "I Belong to that Band." Hallelujah!
This is one fine acoustic blues album.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maria Muldaur can sing deep blues. November 7, 2001
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As much as I love the blues, IÕve rarely liked contemporary versions of early blues, from the 20s and 30s. They usually sound fake to me, and worse than that, just about sacrilegious. Why cover Robert Johnson or Bessie Smith or Mississippi John Hurt when those artists themselves created perfection that can never be equaled let alone surpassed?
I thought long and hard before buying Richland Women Blues which consists of nothing but covers of 20s and 30s blues songs. I wouldnÕt even have considered it except that I love Maria MuldaurÕs voice, and Taj Mahal, who is a guest on here, is one of the very few contemporary musicians who really can do old blues convincingly.
Thank God I took a chance, because this is a great album. The best blues are always less about bad times than about the ability to survive them, and MuldaurÕs earthy, donÕt-mess-with-me voice is perfect for getting that across.
There are four songs originally recorded by Bessie Smith on this album and every one is great. I canÕt believe IÕm saying that because I have NEVER heard a Bessie Smith cover that I thought was any good, but while Muldaur misses Bessie SmithÕs vulnerability, sheÕs got the same toughness in her voice, and itÕs so fine, so rare. It rings true, and any singer who can do a Bessie Smith song justice is the real deal.
There is not a single bad track on Richland Woman Blues, and every time I listen to it, I have a different favorite song, but the gospel-tinged blues of Soul of A Man (with Taj Mahal), I Belong To That Band, and especially ItÕs a Blessing (with Bonnie Raitt) make the hair stand up on the back of my neck. It will be a long, long wait before you hear another duet as good as Muldaur and RaittÕs.
Beginning to end, this is a terrific album.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Byrdfan's review of this album already sums up most of what I might say. But there's a bit more I could add . . . This album is right in line with much of Maria's earlier work, including "Waitress in a donut shop" (1974), "Pottery pie," and her self-titled album (1973). She even includes a new version of "Chauffer Blues" (by Memphis Minnie, which was on Pottery Pie).
All these songs are old blues tunes and they're full of the soul and energy of those scratchy old Robert Johnson and Leadbelly recordings, but with clean sound and more careful arrangements. Interestingly, there are no drums in the arrangements. Piano, tuba, acoustic bass, etc. keep the rhythmn supurbly.
Maria's voice now has a more mature, throaty sound. None of the high, sweet innocence of the 70s which sometimes seemed almost incongruous with the sexy lyric content. She sings strongly and sounds like a woman who knows what she wants and how she's going to get it.
My favorites are "Grasshoppers in my pillow," by Leadbelly and "Goin' back home," by Memphis Minnie. Both are full of rhythmn, first rate acoustic guitar, and the bluesy angst of a songwriter who needs to be somewhere other than where he/she is.
If you like Maria's singing, or if you like pre-electric blues, this one is a must. Jim Otterstram, this one has your name all over it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues 2 Make U Happy June 26, 2002
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After Maria Muldaur's 3 amazing CDs "Fanning the Flames," "Southland of the Heart," & "Meet Me Where They Play The Blues," and Telarc's conglomerated mishmash of these 3 CDs into "Music for Lovers," Maria released this gorgeous "Richland Woman Blues" on Stony Plain. What a treat!
The opening title track is a sexy blues # with John Sebastian's happy guitar, "Give me red lipstick & a pot of red rouge." Her voice squeals with the emotion of a woman who's so worked up she can't eat, can't sleep and can't stand still on "Grasshoppers in My Pillow," "The man I've been loving for 20 years said he don't want me no more." Bonnie Raitt's voice blends joyfully as Raitt's guitar plucks the melody on "It's A Blessing." "Me & My Chauffeur Blues" is playfully naughty with Roy Rogers' tasty guitar. Dave Matthews lends a great jelly roll piano on "Put It Right Here," "The bee gets the honey & brings it to the comb, else he's kicked out of his home sweet home." Alvin "Youngblood" Heart sounds like Loudon Wainwright III on "I'm Going Back Home." "My Man Blues" unfolds like scene from a play with Maria in a cat fight with Angela Strehli. Angela sings, "That's my man & that's a fact"; Maria sasses back, "I ain't seen your named printed up & down his back." My favorite track is the peppy melody of "In My Girlish Days." For me, Tracy Nelson sounds churchy rather than bluesy on Bessie Smith's "Far Away Blues." The sweet roll of a Jimmy Reed-style guitar propels "I Got to Move." "Lonesome Desert Blues" has great Dave Matthews piano, "Temptation he can't refuse, that man of mine I know I'm bound to lose." Taj Mahal joins in on "Soul of a Man.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great songs and a great singer
i loved richland woman blues. great songs and agreat singer. i really liked the leadbelly songs. was always a fan of leadbelly and now i am a fan of maria muldaur.
Published 9 months ago by arthur brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is great, great great. It's a blessing!Maria Muldaur is a tremendous blues singer. This is another one to add to your collection.
Published on February 21, 2012 by CMW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Old Timey Blues!!!!
Maria Muldaur has a great voice and style. She reminds me of some of the best Old Timey Blues Female Singers on this CD. This is Great Music that people have forgotten about. Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by george jefferson
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best album
This is Maria Muldaur at her all-time best. Downhome country blues from the '20s and '30s era delivered with wry humor.
Published on April 2, 2010 by Music Maniac
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Again A "Blues Mama" For Our Times
This review was originally posted as a review for Maria Muldaur's "Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul". The main points made there apply here as well. Read more
Published on July 15, 2009 by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery
The cd came quickly and was just as described. I'd buy from this seller again!
Published on June 22, 2009 by Monica Potticary
3.0 out of 5 stars sort of weak
I know for a fact Maria Muldaur is a better songwriter than the stuff she's doing here. Songs like "Me And My Chauffeur Blues" are typical blues songs. Read more
Published on August 28, 2007 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and priceless
I've been tracking the music of Tracy Nelson and when I saw her name listed on the credits I had to give this album a shot -- this body of work is timeless; I know it's been out... Read more
Published on December 23, 2006 by Jonathan Schaefer
4.0 out of 5 stars Richland Woman, Indeed
Since my youth I have had an ear for roots music, whether I was conscious of that fact or not. The origin of that interest first centered on the blues, then early rock and roll and... Read more
Published on July 5, 2006 by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Blues
After having ordered this cd I let languish on the shelf for four weeks. After being told that this was some great blues listening I decided to crack it open and give it a... Read more
Published on January 30, 2003 by The Reverand Cletus Alreetus Alrightus
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