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Rory Block - Blues Walkin' Like A Man: A Tribute to Son House

Blues Walkin' Like A Man:
A Tribute to Son House

Rory Block

Stony Plain Records - SPCD1329

Available from Stony Plain Records.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

What am I going to tell you about Rory Block that won't immediately reveal my pundit's lack of originality?

Since I first witnessed her time transcending performances some twenty-five years ago at the Towne Crier Café and Clearwater Festivals, Block—an adamant disciple still searching her own core let alone that of the blues—remains as feisty, fierce and compelling as the masters she honors and interprets. Now with the blessings of Son House discoverer and manager Dick Waterman, Blues Walkin' Like A Man doesn't just pay tribute, it forwards the dark, Delta legacy.

Preachin' Blues, Death Letter, Grinnin' In Your Face, Low Down Dirty Dog Blues…take your pick. Haunted and hallowed, Block's performance is nerve raw throughout, cutting vocally and instrumentally through the years, into your soul.

Track List:

  • My Black Mama
  • Downhearted Blues
  • Preachin' Blues
  • Jinx Blues
  • Dry Spell Blues
  • Shetland Pony Blues
  • Death Letter
  • County Farm Blues
  • Grinnin' In Your Face
  • Low Down Dirty Dog Blues
  • Depot Blues
  • Government Fleet Blues
  • I Want To Go Home On The Morning Train
Produced by Rob Davis and Rory Block

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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