Bitter Sweet Blues

Bitter Sweet Blues

by Gaye Adegbalola


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Bitter Sweet Blues

Put two bold blues women together in a recording studio and the result might easily be BITTER SWEET BLUES. Produced by singer/guitarist Rory Block, who also plays on the set, multi-instrumentalist and singer Gaye Adegbalola's first outing without her band, Saffire, is a blend of her clever originals and classic cuts from Smokey Robinson, Bessie Smith, Keb' 'Mo, and Nina Simone. Saffire is known for its women-oriented repetoire, and Adegbalola continues that mission in three solid originals; the bossy "Big Ovaries, Baby," the domestic violence anthem "You Don't Have to Take It (Like I Did)," and an old timey-swing tune about how hard it is to leave a bad relationship, "Front Door Blues." For "Prove It On Me Blues" and "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl" Adegbalola stays true to the early blues recordings of the tunes, but she revamps Bessie Smith's "Jail House Blues" by making it sound like a chain gang refrain with nothing but a funereal beat and background singers. While BITTER SWEET BLUES runs the gamut from vocal chants to stomping rock, Adegbalola's powerful voice and extensive knowledge of blues styles gives the recording coherence.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/1999
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551487029
catalogNumber: 514870
Rank: 136460

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gaye Adegbalola   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rory Block   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Warren Bernhardt   Piano
Tom Principato   Electric Guitar
Ysaye Barnwell   Background Vocals
Carl Adami   Bass
Mike DeMicco   Electric Guitar
Jerry Marotta   Percussion
Peter O'Brien   Drums
Jordan Block Valdina   Piano,Keyboards
Randy Mattson   Bass
Clyde Connor   Drums
Resa Gibbs   Background Vocals
Juno Pitchford   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rory Block   Producer
Gaye Adegbalola   Liner Notes
Bruce Iglauer   Executive Producer
Eric Lemley   Engineer
Roman Klun   Engineer
Rob Macomber   Engineer

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