Maria Muldaur Planning Tour, Blues Album

The Delta Project will feature blues of the '20s, with cameos by Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Nelson and John Sebastian.

Chanteuse Maria Muldaur is hitting the road next month, beginning with an April 6 date at Tribeca Blues in New York City.

A onetime member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band with her then-husband, Geoff Muldaur, the former Maria D'Amato has followed her 1973 hit "Midnight at the Oasis" (RealAudio excerpt) with a succession of acclaimed, usually blues-based albums.

Muldaur's most recent album was last year's Meet Me Where They Play the Blues, a tribute to the now-deceased Charles Brown, who pioneered the elegant, jazzy style often known as "cool blues." Although seriously ill at the time, Brown managed to sing one duet with Muldaur.

Her next album, scheduled for release some time this spring on Canada's Stony Plain label, has been code-named The Delta Project. The album is a tribute to the classic blues of the 1920s, done in the original styles.

Muldaur is joined on the project by John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful, J-Band), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Taj Mahal, Tracy Nelson and on "It's a Blessing," a song associated with the wife of Mississippi Fred McDowell, by Bonnie Raitt on vocals and slide guitar.

Maria Muldaur tour dates:

April 6; New York, N.Y.; Tribeca Blues

April7; East Matunuck, R.I.; Ocean Mist

April 8; Titusville, N.J.; Universalist Church

April 9; Rosendale, N.Y.; Rosendale Café

April 11; Northampton, Mass.; Iron Horse

April 12; Boston, Mass.; Scullers

April 13; Manchester, Conn.; Hungry Tiger

April 14; Schenectady, N.Y.; Van Dyke

April 15; Easton, Md.; Avalon Theater

April 18; St. Louis, Mo.; Generations

April 19; Fayetteville, Ark.; Dave's On Dickson

April 20; Memphis, Tenn.; B.B. King

April 22; Des Moines, Iowa; Hotel Fort Des Moines

June 3-4; Eureka Springs, Ark.; Eureka Sports Blues Cafe

July 9; Ukiah, Calif.; Sundays in the Park

Aug. 5; Lebanon, Ohio; Blues and BBQ Fest

Aug. 6; Reading, Penn.; Lincoln Plaza Hotel

Oct. 20-21; Pomeroy, Ohio; Fur Peace Ranch

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