Here we go again! This new jewel marks number seven for the award winning "Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women." By now, everyone under the sun should know this all acoustic blues trio. They've played all over the world in the most unbelievable places imaginable-check out the photo section at their web site. Always full of surprises, this album is no exception-Bruce Iglauer even lends a hand in the background vocal department on track #11 (Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox)-totally wild-clap your hands, baby! The record kicks in with a rollicking housebreaker, "Ain't Gonna Hush," followed by fourteen non-stop numbers. And yes, you will find heart wrenching moments on songs such
as track #6, "Blues For Sharon Bottoms." Gaye Adegbalola follows the classic blues phrasing of "How Long Blues," and turns it around into an altogether "new classic"-her own classic. The song is a very important message, and Gaye delivers (period). What I like about Ann Rabson, Gaye Adegbalola, and Andra Faye, is their originality in interpretation and composition. I've caught their act on more than one occasion, and they always have something new and fresh in their offerings. And their recordings are never the same-fresh, sassy, and bold! Listen to track #10, "Unlove You," a damn serious side from this trio-broken love and the long walk; I've been on that side of the tracks. Reminders and memories; again, heart wrenching. Back to the high side, you can't go wrong with songs and lifted spirits with songs such as: Nobody Touched Me There, Footprints On The Ceiling, Let The Gin Do The talking, and Birthday Suit. A classic CD for anybody's rack-check it out, you won't be disappointed.
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