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Album Review

Between Hot Flash and Broadcasting, Saffire lost a bassist, but added a mandolinist, fiddler, organist, and electric guitarist, which gives Broadcasting a fuller, richer sound. Fortunately, that hasn't distracted attention from the bawdy, sassy vocals of Ann Rabson and Gaye Adegbalola, who still exhibit a raw, natural charisma. And the material — which ranges from fresh interpretations of warhorses from Louis Jordan and Hank Williams to clever originals — is all first-rate, helping make the album one of the group's best efforts.

Biography

Formed: Virginia

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

At one point in the early '90s, the ladies from Saffire just considered themselves blues historians, but since their performing career has gotten launched on the festival circuit, they've become much more than that. All three have developed into talented songwriters. Since blues fans are always looking for fresh themes or new twists on old themes, this trio is a sought-after club and festival act. The core members of the Virginia-based group include pianist Ann Rabson (b. April 12, 1945) and Gaye...
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