Maria Muldaur, whose mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis”, became an instant hit in the 1970s and remains one of that decade’s most memorable songs, is bringing “Midnight” and much more to the Stanhope House for a special show on Wed. Oct. 22.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of “Midnight” she has created a multi-media retrospective Way Past Midnight , which chronicles her 50 year journey “to the Oasis and Beyond”. This special presentation features all her hits and fan faves from every stage of her career, as well as fascinating, entertaining, (often humorous!) stories of her personal encounters, friendships, and collaborations with many of the greatest names in music.
While the Grammy nominated “Midnight at the Oasis” may be Muldaur’s most recognizable song, there is plenty more to her repertoire. In fact, the west coast based singer has recorded 40 albums, several of which garnered national attention.
Her critically acclaimed 2001 Stony Plain Records release, Richland Woman Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and by the Blues Foundation as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, as was the follow up to that album, Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul. Her timely 2008 album, Yes We Can!, featured her “Women’s Voices for Peace Choir,” which included: Bonnie Raitt, Joan, Baez, Jane Fonda, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Holly Near and others. In 2009 Maria teamed up with John Sebastian, David Grisman, and Dan Hicks. That album, Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy, garnered Maria her 6th Grammy nomination, and it was also nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year by The Blues Foundation.
In 2011 Muldaur released Steady Love, a contemporary electric Blues album that reflects the kind of music she loves to perform live - what she calls “Bluesiana Music” - her own brand of New Orleans-flavored Blues, R&B and “Swamp Funk.” Steady Love reached #1 on the Living Blues Chart, and garnered her yet another nomination for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist from the Blues Foundation.
In 2012, for her 40th album, she produced the critically acclaimed ….First Came Memphis Minnie, a loving tribute to the pioneering Blues woman who inspired and influenced so many female Blues artists who followed in her footsteps, many of whom joined Maria on this special project: Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Ruthie Foster, Koko Taylor and Rory Block accompanied by the amazing guitar work of Del Rey, David Bromberg, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Roy Rogers, and others.
Her astounding career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s.
In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” she has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues.
For more about Muldaur, visit her website, www.mariamuldaur.com. She is also on Facebook.