Rory Block's acoustic blues interpretations carry a message that reaches out and takes control of your senses. A light, flexible singing voice and a comfortable guitar accompaniment ensure that her message will linger.
Block's fresh originals dig into our daily lives and reflect upon the way we feel about ourselves. Spiritual themes and country ballads tell stories about the land and the way we operate with what we've got.
Robert Johnson's "Stones in my Passageway" brings a convincing tale about lovin' and leavin'. Block has paid her dues. She communicates fullness in each song. "Dry Spell Blues," by Son House, applies equally to the fate of the small landowner as to that of the Wall Street executive. We're all in the same boat when it comes to the circumstances that drive us. Charley Patton's "High Water Everywhere" has as much of an effect on us today as it did years ago. With her searing vocals, Block wraps our troubles up with a relaxed country air. She makes our fortunes seem positive. Her slide guitar takes "I Be Bound" on a "devil may care" trip away from the daily grind and on to greener pastures.
Block's originals carry the same timeless message as those of her mentors. She's in the diner with us, having a cup of coffee; strolling the avenue with us, taking care to avoid dark corners; on the road with us, headed for no place in particular; and spending time with us in a lonesome room, crying about the losses that we'll never get back. It's a solace. Her performance soothes and heals. It's what we need more today than ever before.
Track Listing: From the Dust; One Way Down; The Gate; David Had the Blues; Big as Texas; High Water Everywhere; I Be Bound; Stones in my Passageway; Dry Spell Blues; Fargo Baby; Runaway Dog; Take a Train; Remember; Unprecedented Quiet.
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.