Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur

  • October 26, 2018 at 8:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $21 advance | $26 door

On September 28 renowned Americana singer Maria Muldaur released her 41st album, Don't You Feel My Leg: The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker.

Recorded this past June, the album is a tribute to the popular vocalist and songwriter who made her mark in the 30s and 40s, and who Billie Holiday once called her biggest influence. Featuring a stellar band of New Orleans musicians including David Torkanowsky (Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Solomon Burke) on piano, Roland Guerin (Allen Toussaint, Steve Earle, Chris Thomas King) on bass, and Herlin Riley (Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson) on drums, Don't You Feel My Leg brings Muldaur full circle from the 1973 sessions that not only spawned her million-selling hit, "Midnight At The Oasis," but also featured a sassy take on Barker's "Don't You Feel My Leg" -- a cult favorite that remains, to this day, Muldaur's most requested number.

"Because of my association with Blue Lu, I was invited to New Orleans for a tribute concert in 2016. To my surprise, I discovered that she had recorded dozens of songs as naughty, bawdy, witty, and clever as 'Don't You Feel My Leg'. Besides the wonderfully suggestive lyrics, I was really struck by Blue Lu's delivery of these tunes -- droll, sly, full of sass and attitude, yet understated, both girlish and coy. Her cool nonchalance and crisp ladylike diction, in contrast to the risqué lyrics, made them smolder with innuendo all the more. These were songs by hipsters, for hipsters," says Muldaur.

She adds, "As we sit here in 2018, when so many aspects of sex are discussed with such deadly seriousness, I find the lighthearted and playful expression in these songs a respite from all that fraught discourse. These are basically hip, fun, happy songs, and I think we could all use a big dose of happy right about now."