There are echoes here of the way Ray Charles turned gospel into secular gold, and Muldaur shows that spirituality can still rock out the sacred and the profane aren't all that far apart, and spirituality can still temper earthly desire without corrupting the former or diluting the latter.There's not a single weak outing in Muldaur's now-extensive discography, but this just might be one of her best. Muldaur will probably forever be best known for her 1974 hit single, Midnight at the Oasis," but her voice has taken on a honeyed raspiness now nearly four decades later that's well-suited for Steady Love's selection of electric blues numbers....[T]he concert could have ended right there but Maria went on for another hour.
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On "Steady Love" the 68-year-old proves she's one hot N'awlins mama who is way beyond that Oasis at midnight.
The Will Rogers Center in Saranac Lake in way-upstate New York is an unlikely venue for a performance..the big old building...converted readily into a combination rock hall and church when the incomparable Maria Muldaur took the stage...
With Steady Love, Muldaur returns to a more all-encompassing sound she calls 'bluesiana,' and the results, if considerably more eclectic, are equally stellar.
Working in New Orleans with a hand-picked backing band, she explores the tangled web of blues, soul and gospel, in the process showing just how closely related they all are.
With her characteristic sly, sexy vocals, she dips into swampy funk...[The] title track is a top notch slab of southern soul and the Percy Mayfield classic, Please Send Someone to Love gets a slow torchy treatment that showcases Muldaur's [soulful] vocal chops.