Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur (born Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D'Amato; September 12, 1943 in Greenwich Village, New York) is a folk-blues singer who was part of the American folk music revival in the early 1960s. She recorded the 1974 hit song "Midnight at the Oasis," and continues to record albums in the folk traditions.



Muldaur grew up in New York City, where she attended Hunter College High School.[1]

Muldaur began her career in the early 1960s as Maria D'Amato, performing with John Sebastian, David Grisman, and Stefan Grossman as a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band. She then joined Jim Kweskin & His Jug Band as a featured vocalist and occasional violinist. During this time, she was part of the Greenwich Village scene that included Bob Dylan, and some of her recollections of the period, particularly with respect to Dylan, appear in Martin Scorsese's 2005 documentary film, No Direction Home. She married fellow Jug Band member Geoff Muldaur, and after the Kweskin outfit broke up the two of them produced two albums. She began her solo career when their marriage ended in 1972, but retained her married name.[2]

Her first solo album Maria Muldaur, released in 1973, contained her hit single "Midnight at the Oasis", which reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. Later that year, she released her second album Waitress In A Donut Shop. This included a re-recording of "I'm a Woman", the Leiber and Stoller number first associated with Peggy Lee and a standout feature from her Jug Band days. The title of this album is taken from a line in another song on the album, "Sweetheart" by Ken Burgan.

Around this time, Muldaur established a relationship with Grateful Dead and their family. Opening for some Grateful Dead shows in the summer of 1974, with John Kahn, bassist of the Jerry Garcia Band, would eventually earn her a seat in that group in the late 1970s, as a backing vocalist.

More recently, Muldaur appeared on Super Jam (1989), the live recording of the German TV series Villa Fantastica with Brian Auger on piano, Pete York on drums, Dick Morrissey on tenor saxophone, Roy Williams on trombone, Harvey Weston on bass and Zoot Money, also on vocals.

Muldaur has continued to perform, tour, and record since her success in the mid-1970s, including a turn at the Teatro ZinZanni in 2001.[3][4]

Her 2005 release Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul was nominated for both a W.C. Handy Award and a Grammy award in the Traditional Blues Category.[5]

Even Dozen Jug Band

Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band

  • Jug Band Music (1964)(Vanguard)
  • See Reverse Side for Title (1965, credited as Maria D'Amato) (Vanguard, VDS-79234)
  • The Best of Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band (1966, compilation, credited as Maria D'Amato) (Vanguard, VDS-79270)
  • Garden of Joy (1967) (Reprise)

Geoff & Maria Muldaur

  • Pottery Pie (1968) (Reprise, RS-6350)
  • Sweet Potatoes (1971) (Reprise)


  • Maria Muldaur (1973) (Reprise)
  • Waitress In A Donut Shop (1974) (Reprise)
  • Sweet Harmony (1976) (Reprise)
  • Southern Winds (1978) (Warner)
  • Open Your Eyes (1979) (Warner)
  • Gospel Nights (1980) (Takoma)
  • There Is A Love (1982) (Myrrh Records)
  • Sweet And Slow (1983) (Tudor)
  • Transblucency (1986) (Uptown)
  • Live In London (1987) (Making Waves)
  • On The Sunny Side (1990) (Music For Little People)
  • Louisiana Love Call (1992) (Black Top)
  • Jazzabelle (1994) (Stony Plain)
  • Meet Me At Midnite (1994) (Black Top)
  • Fanning The Flames (1996) (Telarc)
  • Southland of the Heart (1998) (Telarc)
  • Swingin' In The Rain (1998) (Music For Little People)
  • Meet Me Where We Play The Blues (1999) (Telarc)
  • Richland Woman Blues (2001) (Stony Plain) (w/Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and other guest artists)
  • Animal Crackers In My Soup (2002) (Music For Little People)
  • A Woman Alone With The Blues (Remembering Peggy Lee) (2003) (Telarc)
  • Sisters And Brothers (With Eric Bibb and Rory Block) (2004) (Telarc)
  • Love Wants To Dance (2004) (Telarc)
  • Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul (Old Highway 61 Revisited) (2005) (Stony Plain) (w/Del Rey, Steve James and other guest artists)
  • Heart of Mine: Maria Muldaur Sings Love Songs of Bob Dylan (2006) (Telarc)
  • Songs For The Young At Heart (2006) (MFLP)
  • Naughty, Bawdy, And Blue (2007) (Stony Plain)
  • Yes We Can! (2008) (Telarc)
  • Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy (2009) (Stony Plain)

Other Contributions


People ask me – why do you do these sexist songs? That's bullshit. That's a valid emotion that's a part of us all.
NME – May 1975[7]


  1. Johnston, Laurie. "Competition Intense Among Intellectually Gifted 6th Graders for Openings at Hunter College High School; Prominent Alumni Program for Seniors", The New York Times, March 21, 1977. Accessed May 11, 2010.
  2. . . Retrieved 1/10/08. 
  3. Digital Interviews (October 2000). . 
  4. Matthew Stafford (14 March 2001). . . 
  5. poet, j. (2006-04-06). . East Bay Express.  [dead link]
  6. Muldaur contributes "Walking The Blues." The Cash version may be found on The Legend album (Sun, 1970) and on The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 (Legacy, 1992).
  7. Tobler, John (1992). (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 276. CN 5585.