FAME Review: Maria Muldaur - Steady Love
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Maria Muldaur - Steady Love

Steady Love

Maria Muldaur

Stony Plain Records - SPCD 1346

Available from Stony Plain Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

This funky blast from a long time favorite inspires me to resume my quixotic quest to silence every and all classic rock and 70's nostalgia radio stations once and for all, using any means at my disposal.

You can forget about hearing anything out there from Steady Love, a chugging, down-home, Little Feat-ish excursion that's, well, too true for pop consumption. "Hey folks! Here's Midnight At The Oasis for the sixth gazillionith time and stay tuned for Pink Floyd, Christopher Cross, and Like A Rolling Stone!"

Whooooop-fuckin-wee!

Now it's only human nature to suspect a sly grin crosses Muldaur's face with each play of Midnight…", but I'm willing to bet she'd give up a hundred spins of said tune for a couple of plays of I'll Be Glad, an irrepressible N'Awleans boogie woogie where her invigorating old blues mama busts out, finds a home, and puts up stakes for the betterment of us all. Bobby Charles' Why Are People Like That?" continues the thrilling, roller coaster funky romp. The sassy Soulful Dress ("Don't you girls be getting all jealous / When I round up all your fellas") is your old school blues mama throw-down. Greg Brown's taut and serpentine Blues Go Walking serves as a wild deception for the next three tracks as Maria goes gospel, and as she has triumphantly in the past, goes gospel like no one's business. Going trad for I Done Made It Up In My Mind, contemporary, hard swamp rocking Walk By Faith back to the traditional As An Eagle Stirreth In Her Nest (revisiting, as a lived-in and wiser traveler than the wide-eyed hippie revivalist found on 1976's Sweet Harmony), worn to perfection with a groove that will make you grab a tambourine and exalt. Rain Down Tears, Get You Next To Me and Percy Mayfield's Please Send Me Someone To Love boast not only watermark vocals, but Shane Theriot's guitar cuts Clapton's rich-man's blues to absolute shreds.

You'll find a lot of the above on Steady Love, as Crescent City masters like keyboardist David Torkanowsky, the previously acclaimed Theriot play on, off, and against the free shuffling granite groove of bassist Johnny Allen and drummer Kenny Blevins pushing and pushing an old pro into some of her best work to date.

Track List:

  • I'll Be Glad
  • Why Are People Like That?
  • Soulful Dress
  • Blues Go Walking
  • I Done Made It Up In My Mind'
  • Walk By Faith
  • As An Eagle Stirreth In Her Nest
  • Rain Down Tears
  • Got To Get You Next To Me
  • Steady Love
  • Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down
  • Please Send Me Somebody To Love
  • I Am Not Alone
Produced by Maria Muldaur

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
 
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