Release Date: 2018
Label: Last Music Company
- Georgia Grind
- Leave My Man Alone
- Loan Me Your Husband
- Scat Skunk
- Now You’re Down In The Alley
- Here’s A Little Girl From Jacksonville
- Mix On Those Lush Heads
- Bow Legged Daddy
- Trombone Man Blues
- A Little Bird Told Me
- Handy Andy
- Don’t You Feel My Leg
Bass – Roland Guerin
Drums, Percussion – Herlin Riley
Guitar – Christopher Adkins
Piano – Dave Torkanowsky
Producer, vocals – Maria Muldaur
Saxophone, Clarinet – Roderick Paulin (tracks: 2, 3, 5 to 8, 10 to 12), Tom Fischer (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 9, 12)
Trombone – Charlie Halloran (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 9, 12), Rick Trolsen (tracks: 2, 3, 5 to 8, 10 to 12)
Trumpet – Duke Heitger (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 9, 12), Kevin Louis (tracks: 2, 3, 5 to 8, 10 to 12)
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.
“’Don’t You Feel My Leg’ was considered quite ‘risqué’ in its day, but compared to the over-amped, kinetic, frenetic, bumpin’, grindin’, booty shakin’, in-your-face X-rated explicit lyrics that prevail in today’s music, I find its playful, sly, tongue-in-cheek innuendo to actually be a much sexier approach. Imagination is always the best aphrodisiac,” says Maria Muldaur, whom after a decades-long career as a recording artist and performer, remains a revered and preeminent interpreter of American Roots music
Longtime friend and session pianist Dr. John first introduced her to the naughty, bawdy blues of Blue Lu Barker during the 1973 album sessions that spawned Muldaur’s million- selling hit, “Midnight At The Oasis.” A sassy take of Barker’s “Don’t You Feel My Leg” ensued and made it onto the record. “Listening now to Blue Lu’s young light lilting voice and delivery, I can see in retrospect how Dr. John heard some of that same quality in my young singing and was moved to suggest that song to me,” says Muldaur.
Maria and Blue Lu would later form a friendship that lasted until Blue Lu’s death in 1998. In 2016, Maria was invited to perform a tribute to her old friend in New Orleans. While researching material for the tribute, to Maria’s surprise and delight, she discovered that the Barkers had written and recorded dozens of songs equally naughty, bawdy, witty, and clever as “Don’t You Feel My Leg.”
I put together a wonderful all star” band of stellar New Orleans players, and we had a blast performing this fun material to a sold-out audience! The response was overwhelming and after the show people swarmed up to the merchandise table all clamoring to buy a CD of the fun material they had just heard,” says Maria. “At that moment we all realized that this wonderful collection of songs needed to be recorded and shared with the world!”
Recorded in New Orleans with an amazing cast of A-List NOLA musicians last June, “DON’T YOU FEEL MY LEG” finds Maria at her finest, and is true to the spirit and soul of New Orleans and Barker’s funny, sassy, and risqué material.