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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Stony Plain artist: Rory Block - Shake 'em On Down - New Recording review

I just received a copy of Rory Block's newest recording, "Shake 'em On Down", a tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell. This release is the third in a series of recordings by Block as tributes to great Blues Masters. The first two, "The Lady and Mr. Johnson, a tribute to Robert Johnson was aimed as being a note for note recreation of Roberts work. The second, Blues Walkin' Like A Man, Block's tribute to Son House began with the same concept but ultimately revised in concept as the session went on. This newest recording takes a different turn on the spectrum. Block explains that McDowell laid down a beat and didn't let up. She began in this manner but after with the repetitive riff but found it necessary to get creative and interject her own style. Only 3 of the 12 songs included on the release are original with one attributed to Sonny Boy Williamson and the balance to Fred McDowell. The recording is masterfully played as Block is a world class guitar player. It should be a welcome addition to any collection of contemporary acoustic blues lovers.
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