The enchanting chanteuse Maria Muldaur pays respect to the great Peggy Lee, with A Woman Alone With The Blues, devoted to twelve of Lee's great songs. Starting this record with the great classic "Fever," Maria makes this cool, sexy song her own.
Muldaur says "when producer Randy Labbe called and said he'd like to do a special project with me, his idea was a 'Maria Muldaur does the songs of…' He suggested several songwriters, but I thought about Peggy Lee, who had just passed away. As a longtime fan, I was dismayed that not much notice had been given to her passing. She was such a wonderful and talented songstress whose career had spanned so many decades and so many musical styles and trends. I expressed my feelings to Randy, he agreed, and we decided to make an album that would be a well-deserved tribute to her unique artistry."
Peggy Lee's recording of "Fever" was one of Muldaur's favorites as far back as the early 1960s. She recalls "playing it often on jukeboxes in various bars in Greenwich Village. One night I decided to play th B-side on the jukebox. It was a song entitled 'I'm a Woman,' done in the same style as 'Fever.' I instantly fell in love with it and played it repeatedly, at least a dozen times! I remember scribbling down all the lyrics on a napkin. When I got home, I picked up the guitar and fooled around with the few blues licks and chords I knew how to play and turned the song into a funky little R&B tune that became, and has remained, my theme song for over forty years."
Included on A Woman Alone With The Blues, are many other Lee classics including the sultry "Black Coffee," "The Freedom Train," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "Moments Like This," "Winter Weather," "Some Cats Know," "Everything is Moving Too Fast," "Waitin' for the Train To Come In," "A Woman Alone with the Blues," "For Every Man There's a Woman," and "I'm Gonna Go Fishin."
Best known for her seductive 1974 hit "Midnight at the Oasis," Muldaur has continued singing her own brand of blues, folk, gospel, rock, and even jazz, ever since. Her first release for Telarc was Fanning the Flames (CD-83394) in 1996, with slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, harpist Huey Lewis, and singers Johnny Adams, Bonnie Raitt, and Mavis Staples. Her best-selling Telarc debut not only garnered critical acclaim, but also cracked the Billboard Blues Chart. In 1998, Muldaur made songwriter Bruce Cockburn's infectious Southland of the Heart the title cut for her second Telarc recording (CD-83423). 1999's Meet Me Where They Play the Blues (CD-83460) was dedicated to the incomparable pianist/vocalist Charles Brown and featured his last recorded appearance on "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You." Next for Maria was 2000's release of Maria Muldaur's Music for Lovers, a collection of great love songs.