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Rory Block


Back when Rory Block got her start, folk and blues shared the same laments, comments, and sentiments. It was our written history set to music. At one point the road forked and folks like Block took the rough-and-tumble blue route, leaving the folkies to row their boat ashore. Coming of age in Greenwich Village in the early 1960's, artists like Peter Rowan and Maria Muldaur drew Block to the guitar. When she heard the Delta blues, the young guitarist left home in search of its masters like The Reverend Gary Davis, Son House, and Mississippi John Hurt. With her percussive, finger-style attack and lonesome wail, the now 62-year-old Block has remained true to that sound and visceral energy, incorporating her own story and femininity for added fire and intensity. Block burns blue, and you will too.