Andra Faye is the third member of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women. Andra is an exceptional vocalist and musician. She plays mandolin, fiddle, bass and guitar.
The other founding member of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women. Ann is a musically gifted artist; she plays both piano and guitar, sings and composes.
Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin produced "Gaye Without Shame." He is a Blues guitar player and vocalist, carrying on the deep Chicago Blues style that he learned playing in the Muddy Waters Blues Band. He won the Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy) award for guitar in 2005 and 2008.
MSG - The Acoustic Blues Trio
This trio authentically carries on the Piedmont Blues tradition. Their style of music has been influenced by the likes of Archie Edwards, Etta Baker and Cephas & Wiggins. Resa Gibbs, the main vocalist of the group. She is featured on two duets and provides additional background vocals on "Gaye Without Shame" and background vocals on "Bitter Sweet Blues." Resa and Jackie Merritt (MSG harp) are both in the Fredericksburg Freedom Singers on "Gaye Without Shame."
Roddy Barnes is the phenomenal pianist on "Neo-Classic Blues" and "Blues in All Flavors." He and Gaye have performed together since 2003. Roddy plays every piano style from boogie to classical, he also sings and composes.
An award-winning Blues artist, she produced Gaye's first solo CD, Bitter Sweet Blues!
Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women
The official site of Saffire. Even though the group performed its last concert on November 7, 2009, this site will remain active through 2012. Information about the band can be found here. Also, Saffire's merchandise on the Alligator label can be ordered from this site.
Suzanne is an artist working in varied media -- from graphic design to mosaics to body art. In 2004, she produced and directed the film "Love Story -- In the Face of Hate." She has designed Gaye's solo CD covers, conceptualized Blues Mama Black Son, and has done all of Gaye's tattoos.
The low voice with Sweet Honey in the Rock, sings back-up on two Bitter Sweet tracks.
The recording company for Gaye Adegbalola and Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women
Augusta Heritage Center
The Augusta Heritage Center presents a series of workshops of traditional arts and crafts. Blues Week is held in July featuring classes in beginning, intermediary, and advanced guitar, slide, harmonica, bass, piano, etc. and . . . blues vocals taught by Gaye Adegbalola.
The Blues Foundation
The Blues Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the blues. It sponsors the Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W. C. Handy Awards), the Blues Caravan syndicated radio show, the Blues Hall of Fame and the International Blues Competition. (In this competition, unsigned acts from all over the world -- usually sponsored by a local blues societies -- vie for band and solo/duo awards.) All blues lovers are encouraged to join the Foundation to vote for the Blues Music Awards and to receive news about happenings in the blues world.
Homespun Music Instruction
Homespun is the largest producer of instructional music tapes and videos in the country. It offers instruction on various instruments in numerous musical genres. Visit Gaye's Shop page to purchase "Learn to Sing the Blues" DVD.
The "VizzTone Label Group works in close partnership with a number of small independent and artist-owned labels to promote, publicize, distribute and market honest, soulful music worldwide. Gaye has partnered with VizzTone for "Gaye Without Shame."
Wally Cleaver's Recording
Wally Cleaver's Recording in Fredericksburg, VA. Saffire's final CD, "Havin' the Last Word," and Gaye's "Neo-Classic Blues" & "Blues in All Flavors" recorded here. Jeff Covert, sound engineer at Wally Cleaver's, plays electric guitar, bass, drums, banjo and percussion and sings background vocals on "Blues in All Flavors." Jeff is also the lead guitarist in Miz A & The Freedom Band.