SAFFIRE - THE UPPITY BLUES WOMEN - The early nineties...
Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women was a three-woman blues musical ensemble in the Washington, D.C. area. It was founded in 1987 by Ann Rabson, Gaye Adegbalola and Earlene Lewis. Lewis separated from the band in 1992 and was replaced by Andra Faye. The group then featured Rabson on piano, vocals and guitar, Adegbalola on vocals and guitar, and Faye on vocals, bass, mandolin, violin and guitar. Saffire's music was a combination of serious blues songs and comedic novelty songs. They played original songs (such as "Do Your Duty", "You Got to Know Him" and "Tain't Nobody's Business"), and well as the music of blueswomen who have inspired them, such as Big Mama Thornton, Ida Cox and Koko Taylor. Their music, both comedic and serious, tends to deal with feminist themes, which has made them popular outside of traditional blues circles.
They were the first acoustic band to be signed by Alligator Records. Their song "Middle Aged Blues Boogie," written by Adegbalola, was named best original song at the W.C. Handy Awards (now the Blues Music Awards) in 1990. Saffire has shared the stage with B.B. King, Ray Charles, Willie Dixon and Koko Taylor. An announcement on the group's website in November, 2009, stated Saffire had retired and amicably disbanded. - wikipedia
1990 - The Uppity Blues Women
TRACKS: 01. Middle Aged Blues Boogie 02. Take It On Back 03. Annie's Blues 04. Even Yuppies Get the Blues 05. Drown In My Own Tears 06. Three Time Loser 07. Fess Up When You Mess Up 08. Silent Thunder In My Heart 09. School Teacher's Blues 10. I Almost Lost My Mind 11. Wild Women Don't Have the Blues
1991 - Hot Flash
TRACKS: 01. Two In The Bush Is Better Than One In The Hand 02. Sloppy Drunk 03. One Good Man 04. Dirty Sheets 05. Tom Cat Blues 06. Learn To Settle For Less 07. You'll Never Get Me Out Of Your Mind 08. (Mr. Insurance Man) Take Out That Thing 09. 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 #1 / Torch Song #2 14. Why Don't You Do Right? 15. Prove Me Wrong 16. (No Need) Pissin' On A Skunk
1992 - Broad Casting
TRACKS: 01. One Hour Mama 02. Dump That Chump 03. OBG Why Me Blues 04. Mind Your Own Business 05. Evil Hearted Me 06. If It Had Been a Dog ... 07. Seemed Like Such a Good Idea At the Time 08. Ragtime Rag 09. 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
1994 - Old, New, Borrowed & Blue
TRACKS: 01. Fools' Night Out 02. T'aint Nobody's Business 03. You Got To Know How 04. Do Your Duty 05. Roll Mr.Jelly 06. The Clock 07. The Richest Guy In The Graveyard 08. Don't You Tell Me 09. Bitch With A Bad Attitude 10. Sweet Substitute 11. Baby, I'm Wise 12. Falling Back In Love With You 13. There's Lightning In These Thunder Thighs 14. How Can I Say I Miss You 15. Life Goes On 16. Yonder Come The Blues
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