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Musicians/Artists



Andra Faye
Andra Faye was the third member of Saffire -The Uppity Blues Women. Andra is an exceptional vocalist and musician. She plays mandolin, fiddle, bass and guitar. She often performs and records in a duo with extraordinary guitarist, Scott Ballentine.

Ann Rabson
The other founding member of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women. Ann was a musically gifted artist on both piano and guitar. She passed in 2014, but her website remains. One interesting feature is a description of the pianists who influenced her.

Bob Margolin
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 - Acoustic Blues Trio
This trio authentically carries on the Piedmont Blues tradition. Its 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, is featured on two of Gaye’s CDs "Gaye Without Shame" and “The Griot.” Member Jackie Merritt, multi-instrumentalist with MSG, plays bones on “The Griot.”

Roddy Barnes
Roddy Barnes is the phenomenal pianist on "Neo-Classic Blues," "Blues in All Flavors,” and “The Griot." He and Gaye have performed together since 2003. They have done several tours for the U.S. State Department. Roddy plays every piano style from boogie to classical, he also sings and composes.

Rory Block
A multiple Blues Award winner, she produced Gaye's first solo CD, Bitter Sweet Blues!

Businesses/Organizations

Alligator Records
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 often 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.

Mary4Music.com
Since 1998, the Internet's Most Comprehensive Blues and Indie Music Network

VizzTone
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", "Is It Still Good to Ya?", and for "The Griot"

Wally Cleaver's Recording
Wally Cleaver's Recording Studio is in Fredericksburg, VA. Saffire's final CD, "Havin' the Last Word," and Gaye's "Neo-Classic Blues," "Blues in All Flavors," "Is It Still Good to Ya?” And “The Griot" were recorded here. Jeff Covert, sound engineer at Wally Cleaver's, also plays electric guitar, bass, drums, banjo and percussion and sings background vocals on "Blues in All Flavors” and “The Griot.”