Maria Muldaur gets her third Grammy Nomination with Stony Plain December 20, 2010Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
Maria Muldaur has earned another Grammy nomination – her third for Stony Plain. The nomination, in the “Best Traditional Folk Album” category, is for Garden of Joy (SPCD-1332), a fun-filled collection of jug band material that hearkens back to her very first recordings with the Even Dozen Jug Band and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, recorded in the early ’60s.
It’s the third album – out of six in the Stony Plain catalog – to be nominated for the singer, who first came to prominence with her massive 1973 hit, “Midnight at the Oasis.” The other Stony Plain albums by the singer that earned Grammy recognition were Richland Woman Blues (2001) and Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul (2005).
Garden of Joy includes performances by veteran bluesman Taj Mahal, The Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian, singer/songwriter Dan Hicks and mandolin virtuoso David Grisman. The album was mixed and mastered by Ari Rios of Laughing Tiger Recording, based in California.
Subtitled Good Time Music for Hard Times the record was released at the height of the U.S. recession, and includes two fine songs from the ’20s that Muldaur rediscovered, “The Panic is On” and “Bank Failure Blues.”