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MARIA MULDAUR-Inspires on STEADY LOVE-CD REVIEWS-john emms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backed by a soulful band of  musicians Maria Muldaur’s new album Steady Love is downright inspiring.

Let me make this clear. Muldaur’s voice  has none of it’s seductive phrasing.

In fact, some younger female singers can learn a heck of a lot just by listening to her new cd.

In fact, if your not up on the floor when Muldaur struts on the gospel track An Eagle Stirreth in Her Nest, or grooves you on Rain Down Tears you may want to check your pulse

To be fair Muldaur has sung a lot of styles of music. Folk, jug band, gospel, jazz etc.  But my fave of Muldaur’s is R & B followed closely by blues roots music. 

The core band of Dave Torkanowsky on keys, guitarist Shane Theriot, bassist Johnny Allen and drummers Kenny Blevins/Shannon Powell are  very supple and mindful of Muldaur’s vocal prowess.

Just check out Muldaur’s take on Elvin Bishop’s I’ll Be Glad or the super slinky take on the Bobby Charles classic Why Are People Like That. With Theriot’s galvanizing note bending and the band up and in the pocket it does not get any better folks.

Elsewhere on Soulful Dress, Get You Next to Me or on Rick Vito’s I Am Not Alone where Muldaur shares the sweet harmony with Jenni Muldaur you simply can’t miss.

THIS CD will make my top 10 list for 2011. As a sidenote, this is one of the best sounding cd’s I have heard this year. 

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, musician and radio host. Visit John at www.johnemms.com

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