Performance Options

Booking contacts for Gaye, Gaye with a Duo or Gaye with a Full Band are here.


Gaye is a story teller, a modern day griot. Much of her solo material is topical; addressing contemporary social issues, and many of her songs find humor in the pain of one's daily struggles.

As written in The Washington Post, her originals are often ". . . Gaye, pink shirt, with guitar songs in which a liberated woman looks on love with the rueful eye of experience and the saving grace of good humor."

The intimacy of a Gaye Adegbalola solo performance allows listeners to hear every nuance, every emotion and every turn of phrase clearly. Gaye accompanies herself with guitar, and performs mainly original songs. While some these songs might come from her Saffire repertoire or from her Neo-Classic Blues repertoire, often they are songs which don't fit either incarnation.

In regard to Gaye's originals, renown blues journalist, David Whiteis, writes in Living Blues Magazine, "But it's that very uncompromising strength - of music, of imagination, of spirit - that makes (her songs) special. Here Gaye Adegbalola offers new proof - if we needed it - that the blues remains a music of relevance and social impact."

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Acoustic Duo

Gaye with additional guitarist

Gaye sometimes performs with an additional acoustic guitarist (pictured to the right and in video, below, with John Freund). They perform many of Gaye's new and old originals, as well as covering some traditional blues favorites.

Gaye in an acoustic duo with guitarist John Freund

Gaye Adegbalola & Roddy Barnes

When accompanied by Roddy, they often don their tuxes and come alive cabaret style mainly performing songs from the 1920s and ‘30s. They also present “edutainment” explaining the historical content in old blues songs. They have done many of these presentations for the U.S. State Department in Ghana, Togo, Jamaica, Montenegro and other Eastern European countries.

Neo-Classic Blues: Gaye with accompanist Roddy Barnes

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Gaye can perform as a guest with other bands and musicians or can hire additional musicians to create a full band



Presentations & Lectures

Gaye Adegbalola has been writing original songs, singing and playing guitar and harmonica for decades. She co-founded Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women in 1984 and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Adegbalola is a Blues Music Award (BMA) winner for her song "Middle Aged Blues Boogie." (The BMA, formerly the W. C. Handy Award, is the "Grammy" of the blues community.) As of 2019, she will have 17 recordings in national distribution including 6 on her own label, Hot Toddy Music. Her children’s CD, “Blues in All Flavors,” received the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for Music. Her most recent recording, “The Griot,” presents topical blues for topical times. A dynamic speaker and a natural teacher (former Virginia State Teacher of the Year), Gaye Adegbalola can engage, provoke, and inspire just about any audience. She currently offers lectures and facilitates various workshops, including, but not limited to those described here. Customized workshops, presentations and lectures can also be created by request.

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