Muldaur, Maria & Her Garden Of Joy / Good Time Music For Hard Times
Album: Good Time Music For Hard Times   Collection:General
Artist:Muldaur, Maria & Her Garden Of Joy   Added:Oct 2009
Label:Stony Plain Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-11-22 Pull Date: 2010-01-24
Week Ending: Jan 24 Jan 17 Jan 10 Jan 3 Dec 27 Dec 20 Dec 6 Nov 29
Airplays: 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 02, 2016: Emergency Crew 0900 tu2-2-16
The Panic Is On
4. Apr 06, 2010: Lyric Ballads/Spider Rave
The Panic Is On
2. Jul 27, 2013: Music Casserole
Garden Of Joy, Life's Too Short/When Elephants Roost In Bamboo Trees
5. Mar 27, 2010: Music Casserole
Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul
3. Jan 21, 2013: no way to say
Bank Failure Blues
6. Jan 22, 2010: The Songsmith Show
Life's Too Short/When Elephants Roost In Bamboo Trees

Album Review
Wallace Brontoon
Reviewed 2009-11-23
I’m a huge fan of Maria Muldaur’s 1960s work with the Even Dozen Jug Band and Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band—- here, she’s back in the jug mode, and the results are pretty great. Her voice isn’t the high, razor-sharp thing it was decades ago—it’s pretty gravely and gruff, actually—but she makes it work. Each track is about as good as another.

1) * Upbeat jug band music. Nice washboard-centered percussion center. Midtempo. Not too surprising, but there’s a great breakdown at the bridge, punctuated with what sounds like a hotel-lobby-type bell being rung. Perhaps a little too goofy.
2) More of a ragtime/country blues beat. Midtempo. Guitar and jug stand out—really nice jug playing.
3) Oh, this is an even better arrangement. Fiddle, and heavy washboard. Midtempo. Fun mid-song scat, but could stand to be a little quicker.
4) An Emmett Miller song, with an appropriate Dixie brass backing. (Including the clarinet, which really makes a Dixieland band.) Quicker than midtempo. Terrific instrumental break at 3:00. Muldaur does a little yodel at end, nice to hear.
5) Less “jug,” more smooth folk. It’s nice smooth folk (and really, Muldaur’s voice these days is better for a smooth folk ballad than a jug stomper), but kind of bland. Saved by good scatting in fade-out.
6) *** Fiddle and jug, a spare jug band arrangement. That’s more like it. Slightly slow, but catchy. The song better accentuates Muldaur’s low register than the old stuff—yeah, her voice is pretty great here.
7) *** Duet with Dan Hicks, whose voice is a little too syrupy-slick for jug band. I don’t think it really works. Pleasant, but not much more. WAIT! It goes uptempo at 3:10, and it’s suddenly awesome! Muldaur and Hicks scat, ostensibly imitating animals (repeat: second half, awesome.).
8) Good midtempo jug band groove, heavy on the jug and fingerpicking. Mostly forgettable, but a good groove.
9) Uptempo. Another good jug arrangement—a little fuller here.
10) Exactly like the old Kweskin take, except she’s three octaves lower, and a little less energy on the fiddle breaks. Good, sure, but doesn’t compare to the Kweskin.
11) Slow delta blues dirge. Pre-FDIC tragedy.
12) ** Traditional country blues tune, retrofitted to sound pretty damned contemporary. (It’s the first jug song with an Obama reference, at any rate.)

Track Listing
1. The Diplomat   7. Life's Too Short/When Elephants Roost In Bamboo Trees
2. Shake Hands And Tell Me Goodbye   8. Garden Of Joy
3. Shout You Cats   9. He Calls That Religion
4. The Ghost Of The St. Louis Blues   10. I Ain't Gonna Marry
5. Let It Simmer   11. Bank Failure Blues
6. Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul   12. The Panic Is On