The Elks Theatre played host to Maria Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band on Sunday evening. Muldaur, a long time blues, roots, and folk singer performed both her popular numbers, and lesser known works. Since she has recorded 41 solo albums plus many other recordings with other artists, she has a lot of material to choose from.
Ably accompanied by her excellent Blusiana Band, made up of Chris Burns on piano, bass and vocals; Ronnie Smith, drums and vocals; and Kelyn Crapp on guitar, Muldaur kept the audience singing along, swaying back and forth, clapping and cheering.
Highlights of the first set included two of her hits, Midnight at the Oasis and I’m A Woman. She really got going on numbers like Allen Toussaint’s “Brickyard Blues,” Jim Rushing’s “Cajun Moon,” and Levon Helms’ “Rain Down Tears.” The second set featured several of the songs from her 2018 tribute album to Blue Lu Barker. Barker was the original artist who recorded the song “Don’t You Feel My Leg”, which is the name of Maria Muldaur’s latest album.
And—Maria Muldaur can still really sing. Granted, her voice is not the same as it was in 1973 when she sang her first big hit, “Midnight at the Oasis," whose is? But she still has power, range, clarity and style. Her blues are exceptional, and her wit and knowledge are enlightening. Muldaur also shared insights and stories about the early blues singers she performed with from New Orleans and other music hotspots.
Thanks to the Elks Theatre, and The Folk Sessions, for bringing this very memorable performance to Prescott.
Afterwards, Muldaur signed CD’s for her fans.
Coming soon, more presentations by The Folk Sessions:
- Thursday, November 7, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys bring Bluegrass to Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 North Marina
(Tickets on Sale Now at pca-az.net or (928) 445 3286)
At the Elks Ballroom (3rd floor, a pretty amazing space if you’ve never been up there):
- Friday, Jan 31, An Evening with Tom Chapin
- Sunday, February 23, Folk Sessions 17th Anniversary, with JC and Laney
- Friday March 13, Acoustic Eidolon “Like nothing we’ve ever heard before. “ USA TODAY
- Saturday, April 25, Nashville Nights with Mark Stuart