Gaye Adegbalola, Blues Music Award winner (formerly called the W. C. Handy Award) and a founding member of Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women, plays guitar, harmonica and is a composer. She has recorded 10 CDs on Alligator Records and has toured widely throughout
the U.S. and internationally.
Gaye has also released five CDs on her own Hot Toddy Music label: “Neo-Classic Blues” with Roddy Barnes, “Blues Gone Black” by Blue Mama Black Son (Gaye & her son Juno), “Gaye Without Shame,” her Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning Children’s Blues CD “Blues in All Flavors” and “Is It Still Good to Ya?” by Gaye & The Wild Rutz.
A former Virginia State Teacher of the Year, Gaye is also in demand for workshops, lectures and motivational public speaking. A longtime activist, she is presently involved with issues of diversity and is committed to the struggle for LGBT rights.
Gaye Adegbalola & the Wild Rutz perform a cappella blues with percussion and occasional guitar. The Rutz consist of Tanyah Dadze Cotton, Gloria Jackson and Marta Fuentes. From time to time, these seasoned activists musicians would break out in song when hanging out.
In 2013, they decided to formally work together to create this unique sound focusing on the primary i n s t r u m e n t of the blues – THE VOICE.
They now present a humorous, informative, uplifting and entertaining show of roots music – primarily blues, plus R&B, work songs, field hollers, and spirituals – in support of empowerment and equality for all.
These women are longtime historians, healers, visionaries and activists. They have used their voices to promote the causes of racial, LGBT, economic and women’s civil rights in events such as voter registration fundraisers and in rallies to stop domestic violence of all kinds. The group’s repertoire is mainly drawn from Gaye’s original songs.