Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Since his last appearance on the hallowed stage of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs back in November of 2012, Geoff Muldaur has been busy with the 50th anniversary reunion tour of Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band. Once again teaming up with old bandmates Kweskin, banjoman Bill Keith and ex-wife Maria Muldaur, the tour made a stop at The Egg in Albany last August, where they were aided and abetted by members of the BBQ Orchestra and fanboy John Sebastian, which made for a mighty crowded stage at the Swyer Theatre.
This past weekend, Muldaur had more elbow room as he rambled back into the Spa City’s legendary coffeehouse for another solo concert, coaxing the blues out of thin air and giving his songs plenty of room to breathe. The quotation that follows Muldaur around comes from guitarmaster Richard Thompson, who once declared, “There are only three white blues singers, and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.” Of course, it seems like hype dreamed up on some publicist’s laptop, but it’s not.
It is, indeed, true.