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Ann Rabson, founding member of Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women, dies

Ann Rabson- a founding member of Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women – died Wednesday at her home in Stafford County.

Rabson, 67, lived in Hartwood.

In a 2005 interview with The Free Lance-Star, Rabson said her profession was just something that happened.

“I always thought grown-ups played music,” Rabson said. “I couldn’t understand why people did anything else.”

Her parents pursued other professions, but music filled the Rabson house from the time Ann was very young.

“All the other grown-ups I knew played music whenever they got a chance,” Rabson said. “I just never quite understood why they even had jobs when they could play music.”

Rabson got hooked on the blues when she heard Chicago blues artist Big Bill Broonzy sing “I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town” on the radio when she was 4 years old. She didn’t really understand the lyrics, but the inherent feelings in the music struck her.

“It didn’t filter through my brain, it went right to my heart,” Rabson said.