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Naughty, Bawdy and Blue

Naughty, Bawdy and Blue

by Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur


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The third in an awesome trilogy of albums in tribute to the towering female blues singers of yore, Maria Muldaur's Naughty, Bawdy & Blue reinvigorates timeless tunes originally etched into immortality by the likes of Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Victoria Spivey, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, and others. In a bit of a different tack than she employed on Richland Woman Blues (2001) and Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul (2005), Muldaur enlists the estimable James Dapogny-led Chicago Jazz Band to add a little Dixieland flair and some small-band jazz flourishes to the proceedings. The result is a trip back in time to the smoke-filled speakeasies of the '20s and '30s. Against a sonic backdrop rich in trombone, trumpet, sax, clarinet, tuba, banjo, guitar, piano, bass, and drums, the husky-voiced red-hot mama wails Sippie's "Separation Blues" (joined by Bonnie Raitt), moans a remorse-filled "Empty Bed Blues" as if channeling Bessie, coos her way naughtily through the lubricious, double-entendre classic "Handy Man," and swaggers seductively through a mess of lascivious suggestiveness in Spivey's steady-rolling "One-Hour Mama." No longer the waif-voiced temptress of "Midnight at the Oasis," Muldaur now belts out the blues with the gravitas that comes from having lived for a while. Great songs, great fun, and indisputably great interpretive singing.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
Label: Stony Plain Music
UPC: 0772532131926
catalogNumber: 1319
Rank: 40145


  1. Down Home Blues
  2. Up the Country Blues
  3. Separation Blues
  4. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  5. Handy Man
  6. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
  7. Smile
  8. TB Blues
  9. One Hour Mama
  10. Empty Bed Blues
  11. Early Every Morn
  12. Yonder Come the Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maria Muldaur   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rod MacDonald   Banjo,Guitar
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals
James Dapogny   Piano,Leader
Kim Cusack   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jon-Erik Kellso   Trumpet
Kurt Krahnke   Bass
Kevin Porter   Trombone
Pete Siers   Drums
Russ Whitman   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band   Musician
David Matthews   Piano
Chris Frazer Smith   Trombone,Tuba
Dave Mathews   Piano
Chris Smith   Trombone
Russ Whitman   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Alberta Hunter   Composer
Mamie Smith   Composer
Victoria Spivey   Composer
Sippie Wallace   Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
James Dapogny   Arranger
Perry Bradford   Composer
Maria Muldaur   Producer,Audio Production
Andy Razaf   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
John Penney   Liner Notes
Holger Petersen   Executive Producer
Rowland Salley   Paintings
Ron Harwood   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Ryan Hertz   Liner Notes
Eric Wojahn   Engineer
Megan Acio   Graphic Design
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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