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Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny: Let’s Get Happy Together

by Debra C. Argen
Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny: Let's Get Happy Together
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Need some happy music in your life? Put on your New Orleans Blues dancing shoes and give Maria Muldaur’s latest release with the band Tuba Skinny entitled Let’s Get Happy Together a listen as this is one album that will have you dancing along to the 12-tracks with a smile on your face. Released on the Stony Plain Records label, the album hit the street on May 7, 2021.


Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny: Let’s Get Happy Together

Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny: Let’s Get Happy Together: I Like You Best Of All, Let’s Get Happy Together, Be Your Natural Self, Delta Bound, Swing You Sinners, He Ain’t Got Rhythm, Got The South In My Soul, I Go For That, Patience And Fortitude, Some Sweet Day, Big City Blues, Road Of Stone

Personnel: Maria Muldaur: vocals, Shaye Cohn: coronet, Todd Burdick: tuba, Barnabus Jones: trombone, Jason Lawrence: 6-string banjo, Craig Flory: clarinet, Greg Sherman: guitar, Max Bien Kahn: guitar, Robin Rupuzzi: washboard

Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny - photo by Josef Crosby
Maria Muldaur and Tuba Skinny

Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny: Let’s Get Happy Together was produced by Maria Muldaur and Executive Producer Holger Petersen, recorded in New Orleans, and released on the Stony Plain Records label.

Throughout the years I have had the good fortune to listen to, and review, many of Maria Muldaur’s albums including Maria Muldaur – Naughty, Bawdy, and Blue where she captured the sound of the 1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s, Maria Muldaur and Her Garden of Joy celebrating the music of American roots and jug bands, and First Came Memphis Minnie which introduced new audiences to the incredible "Memphis Minnie" Lawlers (1897 – 1973), and she is always a delight, someone that always delivers the music magic.

Maria Muldaur - photo by Alan Mercer
Maria Muldaur

With her latest May 2021 release, Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny: Let’s Get Happy Together she introduces audiences to the big brass band sound of Tuba Skinny, a Louisiana-based band that plays traditional New Orleans Jazz, Blues and Ragtime. The 12-track release is sheer gorgeous old-timey New Orleans Blues featuring Maria’s fabulous vocals and the musicianship of Tuba Skinny.

The release opens with the snappy 1925 Arthur L. Sizemore (1891 – 1954) song, I Like You Best Of All, which is a quick paced musical romp with catchy lyrics with Maria singing, "I like pie, I like cake, anything that they bake…but of all those things I like you best of all…" Maria and the band segue into the title track, the 1938 song, Let’s Get Happy Together, written by Lil Hardin Armstrong (1898 – 1971), that keeps the party going strong.

Another great track on the release is the 1937 Irving Berlin song, He Ain’t Got Rhythm, which was featured in the 1937 film, On the Avenue. This number showcases the band’s talent with the long instrumental intro before sliding into the lyrics.

The 1930s is well represented with another terrific song, I Go For That, written by Frank Loesser and Matty Melnick and released in 1938, with Maria singing about her unconventional dream man with lyrics that will make you chuckle. The instrumentals, especially the washboard, are extra special on this song.

If you want a little happy music in your life, do give Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny: Let’s Get Happy Together a listen or two, and be sure to wear your dancing shoes.

Until next time, keep enjoying the music!

Websites where you can purchase Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny: Let’s Get Happy Together: Stony Plain Records, Amazon

For information on Maria Muldaur please visit the website: www.MariaMuldaur.com

For information on Tuba Skinny please visit the website: www.TubaSkinny.com

For information on Stony Plain Records please visit the website: www.stonyplainrecords.com

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