Maria Muldaur Sweet Lovin' Old Soul

With Sweet Lovin’ Old Soul, Muldaur continues her homage to the early blues women that inspired her, which began with her Grammy nominated Richland Woman Blues. Here, the sweet singing woman goes down to the Mississippi Delta and collects original blues material from artists such as Memphis Minnie, Lucille Bogan, Julia Lee, Bessie Smith and Victoria Spivey. Muldaur is joined by an array of guests — old friends and new collaborators — including Pinetop Perkins, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Taj Mahal. Mahal contributes some funky banjo and guitar on three tracks. One of the highlights is her duet with Youngblood Hart on the Memphis Minne/Kansas Joe duet, "She Put Me Outdoors” — a song that was originally recorded in the mid-’30s. With Sweet Lovin’ Old Soul, Muldaur proves yet again that she is a meticulous collector and preserver of songs. And, through these dozen timeless tracks, Muldaur makes another soulful contribution to the blues canon by keeping alive some great old-time, long-forgotten blues songs for a new generation to hear. (Stony Plain)