Maria and The Last Music Company are pleased to announce the release of “DON’T YOU FEEL MY LEG ~ The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker” on September 28th!
This will mark Maria’s 41st album in a distinguished career that has established her as a preeminent and revered interpreter of American roots music, and it is her first studio album in six years.
For this stunning set, Maria pays tribute to the wonderful Blue Lu Barker, the popular vocalist and songwriter of the late 30s and early 40s whom Billie Holiday once cited as her biggest influence.
Barker’s “Don’t You Feel My Leg” that made it onto Maria’s 1973 self-titled solo debut album at the suggestion of Dr. John. The album went on to spawn a million-seller hit with “Midnight at The Oasis,” & yet to this day, “Leg” remains her most requested song.
Maria Muldaur spices her music with passion and a voice that’s scintillating, brazen, and lightly burnished. Whether dipping into the songbook of Peggy Lee or wading into the Louisiana bayou, she completely envelops herself in her chosen style. For over 40 years as a performer, she’s literally lived the life of someone steeped in the American roots music songbook, whether it’s blues, jazz, gospel, folk, country or rhythm & blues. She’s the real deal, a true natural resource without any artificial affectations or jive.
Born and raised in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Muldaur grew up in a very fertile musical climate. While still in her teens, Maria joined John Sebastian and David Grisman to form the Even Dozen Jug Band, and soon moved to Boston to join the influential Jim Kweskin Jug Band. This group attracted national attention and a recording contract, and when they disbanded in 1968, Maria had her pick of musical directions to take. After making a couple of blues records with husband Geoff Muldaur, she was asked to record a pop song called “Midnight at the Oasis.” It was her first solo recording, and it went platinum.
Since the early 1970s Maria has been involved in a dizzying number of projects: jazz, gospel, swing tunes, roots music, New Orleans anthems, protest songs, and more.Find out more »
Victory’s music is a fusion between soul music and folk music. Whether Victory is performing classics or original compositions, she has a way of tailoring each song with her voice and guitar to fit her unique style. Some people say that Victory is in the lane of Tracy Chapman, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone. But beyond those three, Victory brings an entirely new youthful element to the music world, an indescribable spiritual depth mixed with her youthful interpretation of sound influencing her artistic expressions. Moreover, Victory colors a lot of her musical arrangements with rich jazz chords, as she is rooted and grounded in jazz tradition.Find out more »
The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60s soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. Johnny Iguana pounds the piano alongside seductive singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Michael Caskey.
Johnny, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also a member of the Grammy-nominated groups Chicago Blues–A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured/recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and more.
The Claudettes recorded their new album with Grammy-winning producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, Paladins, Old 97’s, J.D. McPherson). It was released March 23, 2018 on Yellow Dog Records (Memphis, TN) and on April 13 in Europe/UK on Continental Records Services.
GREG KOT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott’s cartoon music…How do they do it?
DOWNBEAT Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and “Fess” Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!
MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE A skewed cabaret band of blues, jazz and rockabilly…a sensibility that feels equal parts James Dean and David Lynch.
BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard… greasy rhythm and blues that makes the dance floor so slippery you need to sprinkle sawdust on the floor to keep from falling down…a great ride, one that’ll leave you shaking and laughing and wanting more the next time this rowdy carnival comes to town.
Six-time Minnesota Music Award winner and WC Handy nominee Reneé Austin calls her mix of R&B and classic soul with gospel influences “roadhouse soul,” and it’s an apt description of the energy and passion she brings to the stage.
Raised in Kingsland, Texas, this multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter has opened for or shared the stage with such artists as Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Keb’ Mo and Robert Cray.
Singer-songwriter Reneé Austin turned quite a few heads with her 2003 national debut, Sweet Talk. Critics marveled at her nearly five-octave range, her stunning vocal dynamism, her poignant and insightful songwriting, and her remarkable versatility, comparing her to Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. Calling the CD “an impressive grab bag of original roots music,” Blues Revue said, “Her stunning vocal range grabs the listener from first song to last…The auspicious Sweet Talk is a harbinger of great things to come for this talented and soulful vocalist.”
Sadly, as Austin’s star was rising, tragedy struck when a routine medical procedure robbed Austin of her voice. After 9 long years of struggle, there is an amazing happy ending to this story; Austin’s voice has miraculously returned! Says the artist, “I never thought I would sing again. I had no hope. I had resigned myself to the fact that it was over. But now I have a chance to do the thing I love to do the most – write and perform my music.”
Austin offers razor-sharp reinterpretations of American roots music styles and brings them to life with an arsenal of vocal twists – husky and swaggering, breathy and vulnerable, angelic and clear-as-a-bell. A multi-instrumentalist and prolific songwriter, she’s been honing her craft since early childhood, and has nurtured her singing voice to astounding, operatic heights.
Reneé’s sound has been molded by an expanse of influences, and she credits that to her early environment. Born in San Diego, California, Reneé relocated to Texas by the time she was three. Growing up in the small town of Kingsland, Reneé immersed herself in Texas’ spirited musical melting pot – one that has helped shape dozens of other seminal artists from the American Southwest.Find out more »