If it weren't for the D.A. Pennebaker footage of Bob Dylan and the Hawks cutting down the "Judas!" tool in No Direction Home
, Maria Muldaur
might have stolen that documentary. Her frank and funny remembrances of the Greenwich Village scene revealed missing pieces of the folk-and-blues-revival puzzle like her own work, from the mega-hit "Midnight at the Oasis" to her recent, prolific interpretations (a full album of Dylan's love songs, a trilogy devoted to blues women, voracious surveys of gospel and jazz, and a tribute to Shirley Temple) illuminate the unkempt corners of the American songbook. She's never been a devastating singer, but she consistently proves the power of song when interpreted with warm humor and crystalline soul.