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Rory Block: From the Dust

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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 ...

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Rory Block: From the Dust

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Rory Block From the Dust Telarc International 2005

Aurora Block spent her first two releases for Telarc (2003's Last Fair Deal and 2004's Sisters and Brothers ) going from zero to eighty miles-per-hour where she is currently cruising comfortably on From The Dust. Miss Block's recordings have always been mixed affairs with sprite originals blended with well-selected and -performed war horses. From the Dust possesses an internal organization more fully formed here than on Block's previous recordings. From the Dust is a rural suite in three parts. In the erstwhile part I, Miss Block ...

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Eric Bibb/Rory Block/Maria Muldaur: Sisters and Brothers

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Behold, how good and how pleasant for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity. —Psalm 133.

I will be damned if I know what biblical translation was used for this quote. But that is no matter. Three journeyman artists have joined forces to bring the sensual and the divine together under the same roof and celebrate them. Eric Bibb, Rory Block, and Maria Muldaur cast a new light on the spiritual and mostly with success.

Recordings like this frighten me because they always seem to be really good ideas and then fizzle out ...



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