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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Stony Plain Records artist: Rory Block - I Belong To The Band - New Release Review

I have just received and had the opportunity to review the third in Rory Block's "Mentor" series of Blues Artists. This new CD, I Belong To The Band - A Tribute To Rev. Gary Davis follows earlier tributes to Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Block developed a personal relationship with Davis in the mid sixties when she accompanied Stefan Grossman to Davis' home for lessons. Block has learned the masters lessons well and is certainly an accomplished guitarist. This CD covers 11 of Davis' best loved songs and includes two of of my personal favorites in Sampson and Delilah and Death Don't Have No Mercy. Block does a particularly nice job on Lord, I Feel Just Like Goin' On not only with her own vocal and guitar work but with particularly cool backing vocals. Another stand out track is Lo, I Be With You Always. If you love the traditional fingerpicking style of blues and want a new take on one of the true masters, this is an interesting more contemporary look at Rev. Gary Davis' work.
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