JazzTimes - p.84
"Muldaur is the equal of all the legends she salutes....['Separation Blues'] is so devilishly good it's positively heavenly."
Living Blues - pp.42-43
"Muldaur shines throughout, her raspy tone and wide vibrato an ideal match for the vintage material..."
No Depression - p.106
"Muldaur eats it all up and sings it back, her voice a husky bravado, her phrasing dripping with blues and playful sensuality."
Personnel: Maria Muldaur (vocals); Maria Muldaur; Bonnie Raitt (vocals); Rod McDonald (guitar, banjo); ROD MCDONALD (banjo); Russ Whitman (clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Russ Whitman (baritone saxophone); Chris Frazer Smith (trombone, tuba); Chris Smith (trombone); David Matthews, Dave Mathews (piano); Kurt Krahnke (bass instrument); Kim Cusack (clarinet, alto saxophone); Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet); Kevin Porter (trombone); James Dapogny (piano); Pete Siers (drums); James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band.
Additional personnel: Bonnie Raitt.
Audio Mixer: John Jacob .
Liner Note Authors: Ron Harwood; John Penney; Ryan Hertz.
Recording information: Solid Sound Studios, Ann Arbor, MI.
Photographer: John Collier.
Arranger: James Dapogny.
Maria Muldaur's journey through the back pages of American popular music continues with her exploration of the racier side of the blues, in which she's accompanied by the authentically 1920s and '30s-sounding band of jazz preservationist Jim Dapogny. Joined on "Separation Blues" by Bonnie Raitt, herself no slouch as a blues singer, Muldaur navigates the earthy insinuations of "Handy Man," the teasing "One Hour Mama," and the voluptuous "Early Every Morn," breathing new life into these raunchy classics and making them her own.