Gaye Abegbalola & The Wild RutzMay 27, 2016 | 0 comments
Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz (pronounced ROOTS) is an a cappella blues quartet complemented by percussion and occasional guitar. Gaye continues her signature “Saffire sassiness” and topical commentary in her songwriting on this CD of all original songs. Gaye’s songs, as always, reflect her left-of-center sense of humor, her love of life and deep commitment to social activism including feminism, gay rights, and personal liberation. Though the Wild Rutz often draw comparisons to Sweet Honey in the Rock, their repertoire is decidedly different.
In this world of screaming electrified instrumental acrobatics and digital perfectionism, this group of seasoned activist musicians delights in returning to their RUTZ! This album celebrates the Creator’s primary instruments: THE VOICE and THE BEATS. Four unique voices combine with select rhythmic backup to add a previously unrecorded dimension to the blues.
Gaye Adegbalola, The Rutz’ amazing front woman, is a multi Music Award winner and a founding member of Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women (1984-2009). Gaye plays guitar, harmonica and is best known for her profound songwriting. As of 2014, her discography includes 10 CDs released by Alligator Records as well as featured tracks on several Alligator compilations and the Hot Toddy/ VizzTone CD, Gaye Without Shame. Gaye has released 5 CDs on her own label, Hot Toddy Music, and is
featured in 3 DVDs including the recently released “The Old Black Dyke Show”.
The other members of the group – Tanyah Cotton, Gloria Jackson, M.D., and Marta Fuentes – have extensive and varied musical credentials, including decades of work with other brilliant musicians in a multitude of genres. Aside from their musical talents, these women are historians, healers, activists and visionaries.
Gaye has performed all over the world individually and as part of the group Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women. However, to briefly introduce Gaye, she is a mother, a Blues Music Award winner and a former Virginia State Teacher of the Year. She now sees herself as a contemporary griot* — keeping the history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken, and finding joy in the mundane.
Saffire ended in November of 2009, after making music together for 25 years. Since that time, Gaye continues to perform, write songs, and give presentations and speeches. Her children’s CD, “Blues in All Flavors,” released in 2012, received the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for Music. In 2013, Gaye & The Wild Rutz formed and started touring in 2014. In April 2015, their first CD, “Is It Still Good to Ya?” will be released. Though progress was slow in 2014, Gaye has renewed her dedication to work on her autobiography.
Tickets are $18 in Advance and $20 the day of the performance.
Show starts at 8:00