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Ann Rabson began playing and singing the blues in 1962. She performed solo and with various bands, including ad hoc ensembles known as The Animators. For 25 years she was a member of Saffire—The Uppity Blues Women.
Ann toured Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland, performing solo, with Saffire, and with piano legend Erwin Helfer.
Ann was nominated nine times for a Blues Music Award (formerly W.C. Handy Award) as Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. In 2008 she was nominated for Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year; her first solo album, Music Makin' Mama, was nominated for Album of the Year in both the Traditional Blues and Acoustic Blues categories; her composition Elevator Man was nominated for Song of the Year; and her last album, Not Alone, with Bob Margolin, won the 2013 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album of the Year.