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 “. . . 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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