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Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women

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 Adegbalola (b. March 21, 1944), and while the trio was accompanied for a while by bassist Earlene Lewis, she has since left the group. Lewis was replaced by mandolinist Andra Faye McIntosh, also from the Washington, D.C./Virginia area. Rabson worked as a computer programmer and Adegbalola was an award-winning teacher before they gave up their day jobs to play blues full-time for a living.

The group recorded eight albums for the Chicago-based Alligator Records label since 1990, and two of their '90s albums -- Cleaning House (1996) and Old, New, Borrowed & Blue (1994) -- showcase the trio's songwriting skills, although there are also a few covers, reinterpreted in their own distinctive way. These acoustic musicians inject a sense of humor into their songs and take it with them on-stage. There is also a strong thread of feminism running through Saffire and their recorded output. The group's other albums for Alligator include their 1990 debut, Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women (1990), Hot Flash (1991), and Broadcasting (1992). Their prolific output as songwriters is matched only by their desire to tour, as they perform everywhere and anywhere, having already made several U.S., Canadian, and European tours. In 1998 the trio released Live and Uppity, a rousing document of their crowd-pleasing stage act. After a five-year layoff since their last studio recording (during which time Rabson recorded two solo records), Saffire returned with another strong record, Ain't Gonna Hush, in 2001. Havin' the Last Word appeared in 2009.

The group's fundamental appeal -- to growing numbers of music fans who don't know much about blues -- is their original songs and their ability to dig up and reinterpret old blues gems from the 1920s and '30s. They specialize in songs made by the sassy original blues divas including Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Memphis Minnie, and Ida Cox. ~ Richard Skelly
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Deluxe Edition

1. Middle Aged Blues Boogie

2. Sloppy Drunk

3. It Takes A Mighty Good Man

4. Ain't Gonna Hush

5. B**ch With A Bad Attitude

6. There's Lightning In Those Thunder Thighs

7. Tom Cat Blues

8. (No Need) Pissin' On A Skunk

9. Don't Treat Your Man Like A Dog

10. Because Of You

11. T'aint Nobody's Business

12. Silver Beaver

13. Elevator Man

14. How Can I Say I Miss You?

15. My Girlish Days

16. School Teacher's Blues

17. You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?

18. Falling Back In Love With You

19. Wild Women Don't Have The Blues

20. The Equalizer

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Track List: Ain't Gonna Hush

1. Ain't Gonna Hush

2. It Takes A Mighty Good Man

3. Coffee Flavored Kisses

4. Nobody Ever Touched Me There

5. He Really Makes It Hard For Me To Sing The Blues

6. Blues For Sharon Bottoms

7. You Got To Tell Me

8. Footprints On The Ceiling

9. Let The Gin Do The Talking

10. Unlove You

11. Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox

12. Birthday Suit

13. Happy Birthday To Me

14. Once In A While

15. If I Should Die Tonight

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Track List: Live & Uppity

1. Introduction

2. Cold Pizza And Warm Beer

3. You'll Never Get Me Out Of Your Mind

4. One Good Man

5. Hold Me Close

6. Silver Beaver

7. Mr. Insurance Man

8. The Thing That You Need

9. 1-800-799-7233

10. You Can Have My Husband

11. Hopin' It'll Be Alright

12. B**ch With A Bad Attittude

13. Dump That Chump

14. Lonely Nights

15. Middle Aged Blues Boogie

16. Crazy

17. Some Cold And Rainy Day

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Track List: Cleaning House

1. Because Of You

2. Hungy Woman's Blues

3. Rocketship

4. In My Girlish Days

5. Don't Do It

6. (I'll Be Your) Sweet Black Angel

7. I'd Rather Be Alone

8. Love Me To Death

9. I Lost My Baby To Another Man

10. If Love Hurts (You're Not Doing It Right)

11. Nobody But You

12. I Want My Money Back

13. Blues Is In The House

14. Bad Debt

15. Things Are Seldom What They Seem To Be

16. Tomorrow Ain't Promised

17. The Equalizer

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Track List: Broadcasting

1. One Hour Mama

2. Dump That Chump

3. Obg Why Me Blues

4. Mind Your Own Business

5. Evil Hearted Me

6. If It Had Been A Dog ...

7. Seemed Like Such A Good Idea At The Time

8. Ragtime Rag

9. Miz Thang

10. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby

11. Twisted Mind Blues

12. Dr. Blues

13. Nobody's Fool

14. Don't Treat Your Man Like A Dog

15. You'd Better Fly Right

16. It's Alright For A Man To Cry

17. Shake The Dew Off The Lily

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Track List: Hot Flash

1. Two In The Bush Is Better Than One In The Hand

2. Sloppy Drunk

3. One Good Man

4. Dirty Sheets

5. Tom Cat Blues

6. Learn To Settle For Less

7. You'll Never Get Me Out Of Your Mind

8. (Mr. Insurance Man) Take Out That Thing

9. Hopin' It'll Be Alright

10. A Little Bit Of Your Loving Goes A Very Long Way

11. Shopping For Love

12. Elevator Man

13. Torch Song #2

14. Why Don't You Do Right

15. Prove Me Wrong

16. (No Need) Pissin' On A Skunk

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These ladies NEVER FAIL to AMAAAAAAAAAZ E me-----& I'm not easily AMAAAAAAAAAZ E D . :-D
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almost patsy cline, fantastic
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12 bar blues in c
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love dat blues piano wooh
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shelleyjosmi l e s
I've been following these beautiful women around almost 20 years and had the privilege of seeing them several times. Not only are they great musical artists but they are tons of fun.. Hope to see them again
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j'adore
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dalems44
Yeah!
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1. Kiss your left hand . 2. Close your hand. 3. Say your crushes name. 4. Open your hand. 5. Say your name 6. Post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out on the day u pick!
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lauriecarpen t e r 1 3
I love these girls!
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jantee46
Phew! Can't believe no comments in 3 years! Found them in B'burg in the early 90s... Women with attitude, a knack for bringing the 'original' women forward and incredible abilities! Thanks, Pandora.
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Love them!
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omg who put in the dork room lol

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