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The Uppity Blues Women

Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women

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Album Review

In 1984, three middle-aged women (guitarist Gaye Adegbalola, bassist Earlene Lewis and pianist Ann Rabson) came together to play blues as Saffire. Their 1990 Alligator CD is still Saffire's best all-around recording. Even overlooking the novelty of three women giving a female and middle-aged slant to the blues, this is a highly enjoyable and musical set. Assisted on three numbers by Mark Wenner's harmonica, Saffire plays spirited versions of such tunes as "Middle Aged Blues Boogie," "Even Yuppies Get the Blues," "Fess Up When You Mess Up," "I Almost Lost My Mind" and their theme "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues." Recommended.

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A great album for everyone

When this album was first released, I was turned off by all the hype about WOMEN singing blues from a WOMAN'S perspective. That seemed to be all that anyone wrote about, and not once did I see a review that said it was good or bad. Since no one mentioned this, I figured it must not be that good. A few years later, someone loaned me the CD and I wondered why no one ever wrote about how good the music is. Ann Rabson is a great pianist and Gaye Adegbalola has enough brass to overcome whatever minor flaws she has as a vocalist. Besides, it's blues; those minor flaws are part of the charm. Saffire can rock, Saffire can roll, and this debut is a great, great album. Highlights are Middle Aged Blues Boogie, I Almost Lost My Mind, Fess Up When You Mess Up, and Wild Women Don't Have the Blues.

great intro to the band and acoustic blues

Yes, a band of three "uppity", middle-aged women who quit their day jobs holds a great deal of novelty, but that is NOT the reason to buy this album. The reason: these gals can rock and roll and have fun . Ann plays a fierce piano; Gaye can really belt out the blues. The lyrics are at turns funny and wise but always speak the truth and stay true to the essence of the blues. One listen to this recording and I have been hooked on these ladies since I was 20 -- I am now quickly approaching middle-age and no longer sing along with Middle Aged Blues Boogie with tongue in my cheek. I personally adore Ann's piano, paricularly on Annie's Blues. Gaye's version of Wild Women is rough and rowdy. If you llike acoustic blues, true to the roots of Bessie Smith and Sippie Wallace, give these fabulous blues artists a listen.

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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