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by Saffire -- The Uppity Blues WomenSaffire -- The Uppity Blues Women


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There is plenty of fire in Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women, a trio of feisty multiracial middle-aged acoustic blues femmes who, rather surprisingly, were one of the top sellers from Alligator's male-dominated, plugged-in roster. This generous 20-track, 75-minute compilation collects highlights from the threesome's previous seven Alligator albums, spanning 1990-2001. Led by pianist and co-founder Ann Rabson's barroom honky tonk piano and Gaye Adegbalola's gutsy vocals and guitar, the band hit a nerve for a previously untapped audience of older, predominantly female blues fans. With double entendre lyrics flying ("Silver Beaver," "Elevator Man," "Middle Aged Blues Boogie," "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues"), the aggressive sexuality boasted in the majority of these songs may have seemed sassy at the time, but was just a throwback to the similarly raucous style of classic female blues singers such as Ma Rainey, Sippie Wallace, and Ida Cox. The big difference was that Saffire could play their instruments, and play them well, which added a layer of self-confidence to their shtick. With three distinctive singers and a strong sense of pacing, the music never gets boring, although at 20 cuts, this does start to feel repetitious in spots. There are no rarities, so fans won't need to take the plunge, but for newcomers this is a perfect introduction to a unique female group that proved it could hold its own in the testosterone-heavy world of blues music.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2006
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551561323
catalogNumber: 5613
Rank: 21753

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women   Primary Artist
Mark Wenner   Harmonica
Gaye Adegbalola   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Gray   Bass
Ann Rabson   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Earlene Lewis   Bass,Background Vocals
Andra Faye   Bass,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gaye Adegbalola   Composer
David Brickson   Engineer
Sam Fishkin   Engineer
Ronnie Freeland   Engineer
Jim Godsey   Engineer
Bruce Iglauer   Producer,Liner Notes
Peter Amft   Tray Photo
Chet de Milo   Composer
Chris Murphy   Engineer
Brian Bassett   Engineer
David Emmets   Composer

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