- Released: August 2, 2005
- Label: Stony Plain Music
Dirty Linen - p.90
"Muldaur's voice has gained in expressiveness what it may have lost in range, and she has revived a fine selection of timeless songs for this project..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1083 stars out of 5
- "[She] swoops and growls through a set of songs associated with Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith and other blues heroines....[The] period styles are recreated with scrupulous care..."
- 1.I Am Sailin'
- 2.Long As I Can See You Smile
- 3.Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul
- 4.Ain't What You Used To Have
- 5.Lookin' The World Over
- 6.Empty Bed Blues
- 7.Tricks Ain't Walkin'
- 8.Crazy Cryin' Blues
- 9.She Put Me Outdoors
- 10.Decent Woman Blues
- 11.I'm Goin' Back
- 12.Take A Stand
Personnel: Maria Muldaur (vocals); Taj Mahal (vocals, guitar, banjo); Alvin Youngblood Hart (vocals, guitar); Tracy Lee Nelson (vocals); Steve James (guitar, mandolin); Del Rey, Steve Freund (guitar); Suzy Thompson (fiddle); Dave Mathews, Pinetop Perkins (piano); Paul Revelli (drums).
Liner Note Author: Maria Muldaur.
Photographer: Holger Petersen.
Arranger: Maria Muldaur.
This superior release finds Maria Muldaur returning to her roots and paying special tribute to Memphis Minnie. Assisted by such notables as singer-guitarist Taj Mahal and guitarist Del Rey, Muldaur really excels on the vintage material and in this acoustic setting. Rather than sounding like a revivalist, her sensitive and witty vocals show a real understanding for the music and make her sound like a veteran of the era even though she is about 50 years too young! For listeners who might find it difficult to get into early blues due to the primitive recording quality, Maria Muldaur's Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul will serve as the perfect transition. This is one of her finest recordings overall. ~ Scott Yanow