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Rory Block: A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith

Read "A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Blues guitarist and vocalist Rory Block serves up an inspired portrait of and homage to Bessie Smith on A Woman's Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith. Block has recorded several “tribute" albums, including Blues Walkin' Like a Man: A Tribute to Son House (Stoney Plain, 2008); Shake 'Em On Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowall (Stoney Plain, 2011); I Belong to the Band: A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis (Stoney Plain, 2012); Avalon: A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Rory Block: From the Dust

Read "From the Dust" reviewed by Jim Santella

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 ...

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Rory Block: From the Dust

Read "Rory Block: From the Dust" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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 ...


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