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This new Deluxe Edition features oveer an hour of Saffire at their uppity best on tracks selected by the ladies themselves from each of their acclaimed releases.
Contagious boogie-woogie rhythms and lyrics with enough brass to stock a knuckle factory -- People
Even people who don't like the blues can't resist them -- The Washington Post
It's been over 20 years since "b"Ann Rabson joined forces with her guitar student, "b"Gaye Adegbalola (a former award-winning 8th grade science teacher), and they set course for a full-time music career. After gigging around their hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia and developing a substantial following, the two, along with the band's previous bassist, pooled their money and recorded an album that they forwarded to Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer. The original songs and the musicianship, but most of all the feisty personality that shone through, impressed Iglauer. Although he had never signed or recorded an all-acoustic act before, he couldn't get them out of his mind. "I kept coming back to the tape over and over," Iglauer recalls. "I just figured if I enjoyed it so much, other people would, too. But I never expected what actually happened."
Their debut album, 1990's "b""i"SaffireThe Uppity Blues Women, became one of Alligator's biggest selling releases ever. Gaye won a Blues Music Award for "Song Of The Year" for her raucous "Middle-Aged Blues Boogie." The group quickly went from being local favorites to internationally recognized blues stars, sharing stages with Koko Taylor, B.B. King, Ray Charles and Willie Dixon, who said of the band, "They knock me out." National media outlets like Entertainment Tonight, CNN's Showbiz Today, and National Public Radio's Weekend Edition ran feature stories on the band. Articles and record reviews appeared in People, DownBeat, CD Review and in dozens of major daily, weekly and monthly publications. Saffire had definitely arrived.
Their follow-up albums, 1991's "b""i"HOT FLASH and 1992's Broad Casting, took Saffire to even greater heights. Constant touring and increased radio play earned the group new fans everywhere they went. "Even people who don't like the blues can't resist them," declared The Washington Post. Broad Castingfeatured guest players Larry Gray, Tony Z, Steve Freund and multi-instrumentalist Andra Faye rounding out the sound. Andra's mastery of all things stringed and her country-tinged vocals added a new dimension to Saffire's music.
The band's subsequent tour and album, 1994's Old, New, Borrowed amp; Blue, brought Andra into the band full-time, and their fan base continued to swell. Features in MS. and an interview on National Public Radio's "i"Fresh Air spread the word all across the country. Their next album, 1996's Cleaning House, featured another collection of biting, traditional-sounding yet contemporary blues, and earned the band hoards of new fans and critical acclaim. An appearance on The Jenny Jones Show brought Saffire's music and story to more people than ever before. 1998's Live amp; Uppity mixed old Saffire favorites with new Saffire classics in a foot-stomping live session. 2001's "b""i"Aint Gonna Hush! added 15 more songs to Saffire's canon, resulting in more great press and even more sold-out concerts. Throughout all of their albums and live performances, Rabson, Adegbalola and Faye combine their voices and instruments to! create a rollicking mix of soulful energy and infectious spirit.