Using a combination of archival, interview and new concert footage as well as photographs, news clippings, and contemporary critical analysis, HOT FLASH tells the story of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women: three middle-aged women who gave up their day jobs to pursue a love of blues full-time - and succeeded! This film also reveals that these women are far from a novelty. They are talented, accomplished musicians who combine the traditional with the unconventional, reinterpreting old blues classics and creating new gems. Their work ranges from bawdy, comedic tunes like “Big Ovaries, Baby” and “(I Got a) Silver Beaver” to poignant, political ballads such as “Blues for Sharon Bottoms” and “1-800-799-7233” (Nat’l Domestic Violence Hot Line).
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