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Welcome to the Official Web Site of Gaye Adegbalola

Also known as Miz A. and, to her hometown, as Gaye Todd -- hence, Hot Toddy Music ...

Important News for 2017:

BOOKING AGENT

As of January 17, 2017, the Tina Terry Agency will be booking performances for Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rūtz (link to website). Also, through the agency, Gaye can be booked for solo/duo performances and for workshops and speaking engagements.

The Tina Terry Agency can be contact via email at tina@tinaterryagency.com. Via phone at 336.255.7109. The agency is ready to book for the upcoming festival season. We are proud to join this great roster of blues musicians!

TAKING A BREAK

I am taking a 6 month break from performing — from November, 2016, to May, 2017. I’ve basically been working non-stop since I became a full-time musician in 1988. Aside from a long overdue rest, I’ve wanted/needed to do a few other things in my life:

  • Took a bucket-list trip to Hawaii in December to Kauai. It was fantastic! If I were 10 years younger, I’d be packing my bags to move there. Saffire played 47 of the 50 states. Hawaii was one of the missing 3. What are the other two you ask? Wyoming and North Dakota. I do have additional travel on my bucket-list, but Wyoming and North Dakota might not make the cut.

  • Later this month (January, 2017), I will have a surgery on my back. Didn’t want to delay the procedure since I’m a “strong 72” (per the doctor). I will be 73 in March. Aging ain’t easy and wear and tear comes with it. Plus, as some ol’ blues woman said “I been around a long time, done a lot of living, too.” I plan to learn some Blind Willie Johnson during the recovery — already got the instructional DVD. Also, I was given a ukulele while in Hawaii. No telling what’ll happen with that.

  • Two years ago, I moved back into my remodeled home in my old neighborhood. I’ve yet to finish going through a ton of photographs, articles, cards, letters, etc., and dozens of VHS tapes (some Beta, too). In other words, I need to whittle down my stuff. I even have projects from high school and drawings from my college anatomy classes. Why?? . . . Guess I’m a sentimental pack rat.

  • In 2016, I made significant progress on my autobiography during the first six months. I have learned that my writing might be better described as a memoir. Due to a full schedule, I was unable to dedicate much time to it in the last half of the year. I am eager to resume this writing with a “tabula rasa” so to speak.
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    Performing with the Wild Rūtz

    Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rūtz perform at the National Women's Music Festival, MainStage, June, 2014.

    Left to Right: Gaye Adegbalola, Gloria Jackson, Tanyah Dadze Cotton, Marta Fuentes. The group mainly performs original a cappella blues with percussion and occasional guitar. This song is "She Just Wants to Dance" written by Keb Mo & Georgina Graper.

    From time to time, this group of seasoned activists musicians would break out in song when hanging out. Now they combine four very unique voices with percussion to present a humorous, informative, uplifting and entertaining show of roots music — blues, R&B, work songs, field hollers, and spirituals — in support of empowerment and equality for all. The group's repertoire is mainly drawn from Gaye's original songs. More biographical information about the Wild Rūtz can be found here.

    About Gaye

    For many visitors to this site, no introduction is needed - Gaye has performed all over the world individually and as part of the group Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women. However, to briefly introduce Gaye, she is a mother, a Blues Music Award winner and a former Virginia State Teacher of the Year. She now sees herself as a contemporary griot* -- keeping the history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken, and finding joy in the mundane.

    Saffire ended in November of 2009, after making music together for 25 years. Since that time, Gaye continues to perform, write songs, and give presentations and speeches. Her children's CD, "Blues in All Flavors," released in 2012, received the Parents' Choice Gold Award for Music. In 2013, Gaye & The Wild Rutz formed and started touring in 2014. In April 2015, their first CD, "Is It Still Good to Ya?" will be released. Though progress was slow in 2014, Gaye has renewed her dedication to work on her autobiography.

    Gaye Adegbalola


    If you want to get to know her better, here's how to get up close and personal:

    - To find out who she is and what she's done, visit her bio page. Meet her family. See her hair change over the years.

    - To hear what she sounds like and some songs she's written, visit her videos. Check out "Big Ovaries, Baby" (#7). Watch "The Bald Headed Blues (#14)"


    - To learn her thoughts on life & love, visit her writings page. What does she think of Ike Turner (Article #10)? What are the lyrics of her original songs on "Is It Still Good to Ya?" (Writings & Lyrics)?

    - To see how she teaches, check out more videos. Yes, songwriting can be taught (#8). Yes, performance can be taught (#9).

    - To support & enjoy her, buy her CDs. All of her recordings have been critically acclaimed - visit reviews. Hear for yourself at shop. She can't live on social security alone.

    - To really get up close and personal, contact her & book her - as a solo, a duo presenting '20s and '30s classic blues with Roddy Barnes, or as Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz. She's got so much mojo to give you.

    * Griot (gree-oh) = a member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.



    Blues in All Flavors CD cover

    Gaye's Children's CD "Blues in All Flavors" wins Parents' Choice Gold Award for Music

    For many years, Gaye has been wanting to create music for children. When bullying events became highlighted in the news, that gave Gaye the impetus she needed. So it is that this CD addresses bullying, health issues, kindness, the environment, etc. -- topics important to children and . . . ALL "G" RATED.

    Each song is written and performed in a different blues "flavor" or style. From Piedmont to Delta to Chicago-style, jump to doo-wop, funk to rock, Gaye introduces young listeners and allows them to have a taste of many delicious blues forms. The CD also includes a 16 page booklet of lyrics.

    Watch the video for "Blues for the Greens," one of the songs on "Blues in All Flavors."

    Visit the "Blues in All Flavors home page to listen to MP3 samples, download lyrics & guitar chords, download learning activities, and find a definition of each song's blues "flavor."