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Format: CD
Sku: 230725061
UPC: 772532135924
UPC 14: 00772532135924
Release Date: 5/29/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Samson & Delilah ~ Rory Block
2. Goin' To Sit Down On the Banks of the River ~ Rory Block
3. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here ~ Rory Block
4. I Belong To the Band ~ Rory Block
5. Lord, I Feel Just Like Goin' On ~ Rory Block
6. Lo, I Be With You Always ~ Rory Block
7. Pure Religion ~ Rory Block
8. Twelve Gates To the City ~ Rory Block
9. Great Change Since I've Been Born ~ Rory Block
10. I Am the Light of This World ~ Rory Block
11. Death Don't Have No Mercy ~ Rory Block

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Tributee: Rev. Gary Davis.
Muze PNote Tributee: Rev. Gary Davis.
Muze PNote Personnel: Rory Block (vocals, guitar).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Rob Davis .
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Rory Block.
Muze PNote Photographer: Sergio Kurhajec.
Muze PNote When she started playing guitar, Rory Block was lucky enough to accompany her friend Stefan Grossman to the home of the Rev. Gary Davis and watch the instructions Davis gave her pal. The experience influenced her own path as a blues guitarist, and she pays her debt to Davis on this album with fierce renditions of 11 songs Davis wrote or introduced to the world. This is the fourth tribute album Block has made since her album of Robert Johnson material in 2006, and once again she does a remarkable job of channeling the basics of her subject's technique and grafting it onto her own inimitable style. She has adapted elements of the Reverend's playing, including rolling finger and thumb arpeggios and a driving complexity that allows her to play lead and rhythm at the same time, often giving the impression of two guitarists playing together. Her vocals, always impressive, are full of soulful fire, and her overdubbed harmonies sound like a church choir full of fervid believers. There's not a weak moment on the album and transcendent moments abound. "I Belong to the Band" combines fiery slide guitar, ragtime figures, and Block's sanctified vocals mimicking the call and response of a Sunday morning service. "Samson & Delilah," one of the Reverend's best-known songs, gets a celebratory reading full of jubilant shrieks and yelps. "Lo, I Be with You Always" has a low-key country blues feel, with Block moaning the lyric using drawn-out vowel sounds to intensify the music's emotional content. Her rolling bass notes lift the musical mood of "Death Don't Have No Mercy," but the vocal is full of ominous portents and desperate pleas for a few more minutes of mortal life. On the liner notes to I Belong to the Band, Block tells the poignant story of her first encounters with the Rev. Davis when she was a 14-year-old fledgling guitar player. Her insights into the Reverend's style and personality add extra depth to the songs and make you appreciate his remarkable technique and musical genius even more. ~ j. poet

Producer: Rory Block; Rob Davis

Engineer: Rob Davis

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

Sisters & Brothers ~ Bibb, Eric

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/29/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : SPCD 1359
Music Label Name Label : Stony Plain (Canada)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00772532135924

Professional Reviews

Living Blues (p.41)
- "Fortunately, Block isn't interested in facsimile but brings her own force of personality and particular set of talents to the table, none more compelling than her voice."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he lessons she took as a teenager have become a rich subsoil, nourishing the intricate twining and blooming of her guitar..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Block,Rory
Product attributeLabel:   Stony Plain
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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