Saturday, January 13, 2007
Maria MuldaurMaria Muldaur grew up in Greenwich Village surrounded by music of every sort. At five years old, she was already singing Kitty Wells songs, while her aunt played piano. In her teens, she branched out into R&B and rock 'n' roll and formed her own girl group, the Cashmeres. During the '60s folk revival, she joined the Even Dozen Jug Band and later the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. After the group disbanded in 1968, Maria did a couple of music projects with then-husband Geoff Muldaur, before releasing her first solo album, Maria Muldaur, in 1973. Her Grammy-nominated rendition of "Midnight at the Oasis" from that recording is still a fan favorite even available as a cell phone ringtone. Other albums include Louisiana Love Call, her tribute to New Orleans, Richland Woman Blues, inspired by a visit to Memphis Minnie's grave, and Woman Alone with the Blues, a 2003 tribute to jazz icon Peggy Lee. Her most recent CD is Heart of Mine - Love Songs of Bob Dylan (Telarc).
The Stairwell SistersThe San Francisco Chronicle has called The Stairwell Sisters "a powerhouse ensemble." Are they ever! This Bay Area band serves up a rollicking mix of old-time country and original songs, burn-'em-up fiddle tunes, and energetic clogging. The Stairwell Sisters formed in 2000 as a duo: Lisa Berman (dobro/slide, banjo, guitar) and Sue Sandlin (guitar, tiple), both graphic designers, had sung harmonies in the where else? stairwell of their workplace. Soon Evie Ladin (banjo/clogging), Stephanie Prausnitz (fiddle) and Martha Hawthorne (bass) signed on. (For tonight's show, Keith Terry is filling in for bassist Martha Hawthorne.) They recorded their debut album, The Stairwell Sisters, in 2003. A second CD, Feet All Over the Floor (Yodel-Ay-Hee Records) was released in 2005. Continuing to live up to their motto, "good-time gals love old-time tunes," the band plans to record a new album later this year.
Andy SteinAndy Stein (violin, saxophone) definitely has far-flung musical leanings, He collaborated with Garrison Keillor to create the opera Mr. and Mrs. Olson, and he's performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Eric Clapton, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan.
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).