Maria Muldaur portrait Maria Muldaur was a Greenwich Village folk singer who first made her mark in bands such as the Even Dozen Jug Band and the fabled Jim Kweskin Jug Band. After the Kweskin group broke up, she became a solo artist, at first with her then-husband, singer Geoff Muldaur, and then as a major '70s pop star. Here's a quick look at her work...

Discography - Albums

Even Dozen Jug Band "The Even Dozen Jug Band" (Elektra, 1964)
A folk-revival proto-supergroup which featured David Grisman on mandolin, along with other luminaries such as acoustic blues picker Stefan Grossman, singers Maria Muldaur and John Sebastian (later of the Lovin' Spoonful), guitarist Steve Katz and even arranger/pianist Joshua Rifkin. The album was full of salty old-time blues tunes, and presaged the work of Muldaur's next port of call, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Interesting early stuff from the heyday of the folk revival.

Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band "Jug Band Music" (Vanguard, 1965)

Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band "See Reverse Side For Title" (Vanguard, 1967)

Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band "Garden Of Joy" (Vanguard, 1967)

Geoff Muldaur "Sleepy Man Blues" (Prestige, 1963)

Maria Muldaur & Geoff Muldaur "Pottery Pie" (Warner/Reprise, 1970)

Maria Muldaur & Geoff Muldaur "Sweet Potatoes" (Warner/Reprise, 1972)

Maria Muldaur "Maria Muldaur" (Reprise, 1973)

Maria Muldaur "Waitress In A Donut Shop" (Reprise, 1974)

Maria Muldaur "Sweet Harmony" (Reprise, 1975)

Maria Muldaur "Southern Winds" (Warner, 1978)

Maria Muldaur "Open Your Eyes" (Warner, 1979)

Maria Muldaur "Gospel Nights" (Takoma, 1980) (LP)

Maria Muldaur "There Is A Love" (Myrrh, 1982) (LP)

Maria Muldaur "Sweet And Slow" (Tudor, 1983)

Maria Muldaur "Transblucency" (Uptown, 1986) (LP)

Maria Muldaur "Live In London" (Making Waves, 1987)

Maria Muldaur "On The Sunny Side" (Music For Little People, 1990)

Maria Muldaur "Louisiana Love Call" (Black Top, 1992)

Maria Muldaur "Jazzabelle" (Stony Plain, 1994)

Maria Muldaur "Meet Me At Midnite" (Black Top, 1994)

Maria Muldaur "Fanning The Flames" (Telarc, 1996)

Maria Muldaur "Southland Of The Heart" (Telarc, 1998)

Maria Muldaur "Swingin' In The Rain" (Music For Little People, 1998)

Maria Muldaur "Meet Me Where They Play The Blues" (Telarc, 1999)

Maria Muldaur "Richland Woman Blues" (Stony Plain, 2001)

Maria Muldaur & Carrie Lyn "Animal Crackers In My Soup" (Music For Little People, 2002)

Maria Muldaur "A Woman Alone With The Blues: Remembering Peggy Lee" (Telarc, 2003)

Maria Muldaur/Eric Bibb/Rory Block "Sisters And Brothers" (Telarc, 2004)

Maria Muldaur "Love Wants To Dance" (Telarc, 2004)

Maria Muldaur "Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul: Old Highway 61 Revisited" (Stony Plain, 2005)

Maria Muldaur "Heart Of Mine: Maria Muldaur Sings Love Songs Of Bob Dylan" (Telarc, 2006)

Maria Muldaur "Songs For The Young At Heart" (MFLP, 2006)

Maria Muldaur "Naughty, Bawdy, And Blue" (Stony Plain, 2007)

Maria Muldaur "Yes We Can!" (Telarc, 2008)

Maria Muldaur "Maria Muldaur And Her Garden Of Joy" (Stony Plain, 2009)

Maria Muldaur "Steady Love" (Stony Plain, 2011)

Maria Muldaur/Various Artists "Jug Band Extravaganza" (Folk Era, 2010)
A deliriously fun all-star summit meeting in celebration of jug band music, its early 20th Century origins and giddy revival during the early years of the 1960's folk scene. Onstage are luminaries such as Jim Kweskin, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian and mandolinist David Grisman, all of whom were in early jug bands, and all of whom play with great energy, enthusiasm, and affection for the bluesy music of their youth. Sebastian -- formerly of the Lovin' Spoonful, who cannily transformed jug band music into psychedelicized Top Forty pop -- acts as the frontman and MC for the show, although everyone takes turns in the spotlight. This concert (which I wish I'd gone to!) was the brainchild of filmmaker Todd Kwait, who got the jug band bug and looked up the biggest stars of the genre, in order to make a (fun, fascinating) documentary about the music and its history, called "Chasin' Gus' Ghost." One focus of his explorations was 1920s bandleader Gus Cannon, who recorded an early version of the song "Walk Right In," which decades later became a huge pop hit for the Rooftop Singers, back in 1963. Cannon is a legendary figure among jug band connoisseurs, and the saltiness and good humor of his music echoes in these knowing, playful performances of standards such as "Stealin'," "Wild Ox Moan" and "Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You." If you're halfway tempted, go ahead and dive in -- both the movie and the album are a delight.


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