13 Songs, 53 Minutes

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4.1 out of 5
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7 Ratings
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Essential listening for any blues fan

Rory Block is, without question, one of today's most stellar acoustic blues musicians. More often than not she is in a league all her own. No one plays these blues with more expression than Rory, and as far as technical ability she is the most dead-on accurate interpreter of acoustic blues of all contemporary artists. She's probably best known to contemporary audiences for her interpretations of Robert Johnson's work, but here she turns her skills to the repertoire of someone she knew when she was "coming up": Son House.

House was, of course, along with Charley Patton, Johnson, Skip James, one of the true fathers of the Delta Blues. He differed from those other artists, however, in focusing almost exclusively on bottleneck slide with a National steel guitar. His vocals were literally spine-chilling. House usually had a "less-than-subtle" approach to his blues playing and singing, but could still pull off a lick and hook that would make you weep. Rory captures all of this and more in this amazing new CD.

From the almost "march-like" rhythm of the opening "My Black Mama" through the syncopated "Shetland Pony Blues" to the sublime "Government Fleet Blues" Rory treats House's repertoire with respect yet still manages to make the songs ring with her own style and blues. As someone who's watched her over the years it's still amazing how she continues to just get better and better. Both her playing and singing have never been better. This is a MUST have CD!

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