MARIA MULDAUR & ERIC BIBB COMING TO SFJAZZ CENTER
By Steve Roby on July 9, 2014
Legendary vocalist Maria Muldaur and guitarist Eric Bibb, two of the most soulful and celebrated entertainers of American roots music, will be performing duets encompassing country blues, gospel, and folk at the SFJAZZ Center on Thursday, July 17.
Muldaur’s Red Hot Bluesiana Band will be accompanying her at the upcoming show.
“’Bluesiana’ is a word I made up about 20 years ago,” said Muldaur from her Marin County home. “I guess the word describes a type of New Orleans R&B, and what we call Swamp Funk. Steady Love is an album I recorded in New Orleans, and a good example of the type of material I’ll perform on the 17th in San Francisco.”
Muldaur and Bibb teamed up on the 2004 release Sisters & Brothers (Telarc) and will be together again for one special night. “We have a natural affinity for each other’s music,” reminisced Muldaur. “Soon after I met Eric, I said, ‘You’re like me. You’re really a preacher disguised as a blues entertainer.’” Bibb wrote the song “Bessie’s Advice” for Muldaur to sing on Sisters & Brothers.
At the start of the new year, Muldaur wrote her first check with “2014″ on the dateline, and realized that it had been 40 years since her single “Midnight at the Oasis” was riding high on the Billboard charts.
Last year the Grammy-nominated singer released her 40th album, …First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain), a tribute to a legend Muldaur considers to be not only a trailblazing musical pioneer for all women, but also a personal blues hero.
“Memphis Minnie [Lizzie Douglas] was different than most classic blues queens like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey,” recalled Muldaur. “She wrote and recorded over 250 songs, and played absolutely bitchin’ guitar. She was also a very important role model for women who came after her, and decades before anyone dreamed up the words Women’s Liberation. She liberated her own self.”
Muldaur will perform songs not only from …First Came Memphis Minnie, but also from her critically acclaimed and Blues Award-nominated CD, Steady Love.
Maria Muldaur & Eric Bibb: 7:30pm, $25-$50, Thursday, July 17, SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F. (866) 866-920-5299. http://www.sfjazz.org.