Maria Muldaur

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Maria Muldaur  was part of the same early 1960s Village folk scene as Bob Dylan. She was also around when Dylan went electric at Newport in 1965, and explored Christianity in the late 1970s.  Muldaur participated in the Martin Scorsese documentary, Bob  Dylan - No Direction Home.

When Muldaur met Dylan at Gerde's in 1963, he was telling her about all the wine he's learned about in Europe. Later that year, at the Third Side coffeehouse, he played Maria his brand new composition, "Only A Pawn In Their Game".
After he plugged in at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival,  Dylan temporarily appeared to  be somewhat shellshocked from the experience.   In an attempt to cheer him up, Muldaur asked Dylan is he wanted to dance. Dylan replied, "I would, but my hands are on fire".

Maria D'Amato had joined Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band in 1965 where she met her husband Geoff. The band split up in 1968 and the couple then moved up to Woodstock. Maria and her daughter would visit the Dylan's house, where the kids would play on the front porch. There was a musical friendship that became stronger when Dylan became a new born christian at the end of the 70's. When Dylan performed at the Warfield Theater in 1979, he alienated much of his audience by playing only new material, including songs from Slow Train Coming and the follow-up, Saved. Around this time, Muldaur also had been "saved", after struggling with substance abuse and her daughter's near-fatal car accident.

Maria wrote Bob a letter of support. Dylan got in touch with Muldaur, and she attended one of his shows. Backstage, she noticed that Dylan was completely calm and relaxed, without his usual leg-twitching. Dylan met with Muldaur at her place soon after, and they discussed religion. She joined Dylan on stage at San Francisco's Fox Warfield Theatre on November 19, 1980, performing Blind Willie Johnson's blues classic, "Nobody's Fault But Mine". This time, Muldaur noticed that Dylan was once again acting restless backstage. By the time of the Shot Of Love session, Dylan was acting distant and aloof.  

Dylan and Muldaur still appear to be friendly. He is said to have donated the song "Well Well Well", co-written with Danny O'Keefe, for her 1996 album, Fanning The Flames. Over the years, Muldaur has covered other Dylan songs, including "Ain't No Man Righteous", "License to Kill" and "Masters of War".

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Jim Kweskin Jug Band - single

Jim Kweskin Jug Band - single

1967

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight Maria sings lead vocals   

Geoff & Maria Muldaur - Pottery Pie

Geoff & Maria Muldaur - Pottery Pie

1970

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

Live In London

Live In London

1984

Ain't No Man Righteous

various artists - American Children

various artists - American Children

1989

I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

various artists - Woodstock Holidays

various artists - Woodstock Holidays

1993 - Japan only CD

Lord Protect My Child
I Shall Be Released  by Woodstock All-Stars, including Maria

Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Long Way Home

Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Long Way Home

1996 Maria duets with Clarence Gatemouth Brown,  Eric Clapton on guitar

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

Fanning The Flames

Fanning The Flames

1996

Well, Well, Well - Maria duets with Mavis Staples

Eric Bibb, Rory Block, Maria Muldaur - Sisters & Brothers

Eric Bibb, Rory Block, Maria Muldaur - Sisters & Brothers

2004

Gotta Serve Somebody - Lead vocal by Eric Bibb, Maria & Rory sing background vocals

Love Wants To Dance

Love Wants To Dance

2004

Moonlight

Yes We Can

Yes We Can

2008

John Brown
Licence To Kill
Masters Of War

 

 


Maria Muldaur has been taken by Bob Dylan's music from the very start. They were on the coffeehouse circuit in New York in the early '60s, and she's had occasion to sing his praises from the stage and in Martin Scorsese's film No Direction Home. And while other artists from Joan Baez to Judy Collins have cut entire albums of Dylan's tunes, none of them feels quite like this one. Muldaur, a fine blues and jazz singer, has taken the songs form Dylan's romantic canon and has fashioned them in her own image without losing their original bite, wonder, and humor. Accompanied by her road band and a slew of guests that include Amos Garrett, Danny Caron, and Suzy Thompson, she has created a dreamy, languid, memorable song cycle. On first listen, it was a bit off-putting with all the license she took with the material, but on second and repeated listens, it settled in like an old friend on the couch telling stories. Beginning with a slippery, country-tinged bluesy "Buckets of Rain," and moving into a jazz groove on "Lay Lady Lay," (a weak tune by Dylan even if it was a hit) in which she changes the lyrics along gender lines and transforms the tune, perhaps offering a definitive version. The blues return on "To Be Alone with You," and she delivers a wrenching version of "Heart of Mine." The other stellar cuts here are the poignant "Wedding Song," the jaunty Caribbean-flavored "On a Night Like This," the sultry "Make You Feel My Love," and a funky jazz version of "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," which sounds like it could have been produced by Allen Toussaint as does "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight."
In 2008 the album would be followed with a live CD and DVD with the same 12 numbers from "heart of Mine.

  • Muldaur, Maria - Heart Of Mine: The Love Songs of Bob Dylan

    Muldaur, Maria - Heart Of Mine: The Love Songs of Bob Dylan

    1. Buckets of Rain
    2. Lay Baby Lay (Lay Lady Lay)
    3. To Be Alone With You
    4. Heart of Mine
    5. Make You Feel My Love
    6. Moonlight
    7. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
    8. Golden Loom
    9. On a Night Like This
    10. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
    11. Wedding Song
    12. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

    Maria Muldaur often played alongside Bob Dylan in the Greenwich Village coffeehouses.

  • Muldaur, Maria - Maria Muldaur Live in Concert

    Muldaur, Maria - Maria Muldaur Live in Concert

    1. Buckets of Love (Live)
    2. Lay Lady Lay (Live)
    3. To Be Alone with You (Live)
    4. Heart of Mine (Live)
    5. Make You Feel my Love (Live)
    6. Meet me in the Moonlight (Live)
    7. Your Gonna Make me Lonesome (Live)
    8. Cajun Moon (Live)*
    9. Golden Loom (Live)
    10. On a Night Like This (Live)
    11. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Live)
    12. Bessie's Advice (Live)*
    13. Midnight at the Oasis (Live)*
    14. Wedding Song (Live)
    15. Ride Me High (Live) (You Ain't Going Nowhere)
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