Ain't Gonna Hush

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Saffire -- The Uppity Blueswomen have been making CDs for more than a decade, putting feminism, good sex, and lesbian power into the blues. On Ain’t Gonna Hush! the acoustic trio of Gaye Adegbalola, Andra Faye, and Ann Rabson once again claim the territory of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, raving about the female enjoyment of sex on “Footprints on the Ceiling,” getting down in the blues with “Happy Birthday to Me,” and shouting about speaking their minds on “Ain’t Gonna Hush.” For the romantic “Coffee Flavored Kisses” they touch on the swing territory of the Andrews Sisters and fly into a righteous rage on “Blues for Sharon Bottoms,” the saga of a lesbian mother whose own ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Saffire -- The Uppity Blueswomen have been making CDs for more than a decade, putting feminism, good sex, and lesbian power into the blues. On Ain’t Gonna Hush! the acoustic trio of Gaye Adegbalola, Andra Faye, and Ann Rabson once again claim the territory of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, raving about the female enjoyment of sex on “Footprints on the Ceiling,” getting down in the blues with “Happy Birthday to Me,” and shouting about speaking their minds on “Ain’t Gonna Hush.” For the romantic “Coffee Flavored Kisses” they touch on the swing territory of the Andrews Sisters and fly into a righteous rage on “Blues for Sharon Bottoms,” the saga of a lesbian mother whose own mom took her child away from her. For boogie fans there’s the anthemic “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox,” while “Once in a While” and “Nobody Ever Touched Me There,” have an old-time country feel. Ain’t Gonna Hush! is pure Saffire, sparkling with these women's unique take on the blues
All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The first studio album in five years from the band finds them for the most part, having a rocking good time and placing an emphasis on the boogie-woogie end of the blues. Instrumentally and vocally they keep getting better and better, with pianist Ann Rabson a particular standout for her vibrant keyboard work. While they live up to their image of empowered, strong women, evident in "Ain't Gonna Hush," "It Takes a Mighty Good Man," and the lovely, if not very bluesy, "Unlove You," it's obvious from songs like "Let the Gin Do the Talking," "Prop Me up Beside the Jukebox," and the almost bawdy "Footprints on the Ceiling" that they also enjoy a good time. In fact, these lighter songs, whether covers or band originals, are what works best, keeping the foot tapping and a smile on the face -- "Coffee Flavored Kisses," with its elaborate doo wop backing vocal arrangement, is a prime example. When they turn more serious, the songs simply don't work as well. Gayle Adegbalola's "Blues for Sharon Bottoms" is heartfelt, and torn straight form the news, but it's musically and lyrically awkward, which detracts from the power it needs to hit home. And her "Happy Birthday to Me," which is probably meant to be tongue-in-cheek, ends up coming across as a hefty dose of self-pity. Those two aside, it's hard to find anything to criticize in this release, which has been far too long coming. As a trio they go from strength to strength, and even if their original focus has changed from vintage blues, they still do what they do very well indeed, and show that women of a certain age can have a home in the music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551488026
  • Catalog Number: 514880
  • Sales rank: 138,336

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Gaye Adegbalola Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bruce Iglauer Background Vocals
Ann Rabson Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Andra Faye Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Juno Pitchford Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women Producer
Neil Diamond Composer
Bruce Iglauer Producer, Mastering
David Lowery Composer
John Ward Composer
Brian Jensen Mastering
Sidney Bailey Composer
Chris Murphy Engineer
Edward Townsend Composer
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