S A F F I R E
The Uppity Blues Women
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
After a year and a half, Gaye Adegbalola, Andra Faye, and Ann Rabson - otherwise known as Saffire The Uppity Blues Women - finally came back to Las Vegas in the Railhead at Boulder Station. Taking turn on vocals Gaye, who plays guitar and harmonica, opened the show with "Middle Aged Blues", setting the tone for a great evening of music and fun.
The next of the fan favorites was Gaye's "Silver Beaver". Andra, on bass, mandolin and fiddle, followed closely singing "Bad Debt" and "Crazy". The latter a Willie Nelson song made famous by the late Patsy Cline. Then Ann, usually on piano, played guitar and sang "Struttin' My Stuff", a Lucille Bogan song that is the title of her latest solo CD. She also sang "Ain't Gonna Hush", the title song of Saffire's latest disc.
Gaye again opened for the second set. This time with "Big Ovaries Baby", another fan favorite from her latest solo effort. Ann then encouraged all to "Dump That Chump" - a great audience participation song written by Rick Estrin of Little Charlie and the Nightcats fame. Gaye followed with "Wild Women Never Get The Blues", and later Andra sang "Footprints On The Ceiling".
Other selections included Ann playing great boogie woogie piano and singing "Beggin' For You Baby" and "Tomcat Blues". Andra sang "Mr. Insurance Man", where she played kazoo and then threw it to some lucky fan in the crowd. Chuck Berry's "School Days" - with Ann singing and playing piano - and "Drowned On Your Tears" ended the 29 song evening. An evening with three fiesty women that, no matter what, just "ain't gonna hush". Nor would anyone want them to.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001-2003 Moondog Productions
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