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Rock 23/07/2019

Rory Block Continues Tour In Support Of Her Power Women Of The Blues Album

Rory Block Continues Tour In Support Of Her Power Women Of The Blues Album

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Fresh from her latest triumph at the May, 2019, Blues Music Awards in Memphis, where she won "Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year" honors, the now six-time BMA winner Rory Block continues to tour in support of her first "Power Women of the Blues" album series CD, A Woman's Soul, in tribute to the legendary Bessie Smith.

"Power Women of the Blues is a project that has been simmering in my imagination for 54 years," Rory says. "It has been my longstanding mission to identify, celebrate and honor the early founders-men and women-of the blues. This series is dedicated to the music of some of my all-time favorite iconic female blues artists, many of whom were shrouded in mystery during the sixties blues revival, while the recordings of others had simply disappeared."

Rory Block first heard Bessie Smith's life-changing voice in 1964 as a teenager living in New York City. "Filled with grit and incredible vocal prowess, it was the ultimate soulful wail," she recalls. "'I'm wild about his turnip tops, I like the way he warms my chops, and I can't do without my kitchen man ...Stay away from my door Mr. Landlord, 'cause I'm down in the dumps!...That's the reason I, got those weepin' willow blues.' So compelling, so honest, so rich with meaning and information about the female soul."

A Woman's Soul was produced by Rory Block and Rob Davis and recorded at Aurora Studios in Chatham, New York. All vocals on the new disc are by Rory Block, who also played all the guitar and bass parts on her Signature Model Martin Guitars. In addition, all percussion heard on the new disc - guitar bongos, hat boxes, plastic storage tubs, oatmeal boxes and wooden spoons - were played by Rory. A tribute to Rory's talents as a musician and arranger was her ability to take Bessie Smith's original band arrangements and sculpt them for solo acoustic guitar.

"I have always reasoned that as stigmatizing as it was for a man to sing blues-often referred to as 'the music of the devil' in the early 20th century-just ponder for a moment the social outcast a woman could become living the traveling life of a blues singer. Imagine leaving everything behind to go off and perform. Could this be the reason why fewer women felt it possible to choose the path of a blues singer? Could it be that society would never have granted permission for a woman to leave
home and travel from bar to juke joint singing blues? Those who followed their dreams to become performers were going against every norm of society, risking becoming outcasts, being mistreated, abused, or worse. The women I intend to honor in this series all lived and died bravely, forged a pathway through the hardest of times, and overcame the greatest obstacles. These musical heroines are the mentors to a new generation of artists who have loved them and followed their example of perseverance and courage. We owe them our deepest gratitude.
"Thankfully, over time, dedicated and talented women-among them British blues singer Jo Ann Kelly, Maria Muldaur, and Bonnie Raitt-sang the songs of the early blues women, and in the case of Maria and Bonnie, spent meaningful time with some of the legends. We have since lost Jo Ann, but Maria and Bonnie continue to perform the music of these great female artists who paved the way.
"It's important to me to mention Bessie's outrageously sexy material, her fearless, jaw-dropping delivery, her unapologetic presentation of women as the powerfully sensual, sexual beings we know we are-but that society just didn't know how to admit in the early 1900s. Bessie's material was never dirty, it was just plain sexy."

A Woman's Soul Track Listing
1. Do Your Duty 4:19
2. Kitchen Man 4:01
3. Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town 3:36
4. Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer 3:47
5. Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl 3:20
6. I'm Down in the Dumps 6:09
7. Black Mountain 4:15
8. Weeping Willow Blues 4:11
9. On Revival Day 3:53
10. Empty Bed Blues 6:36

Rory Block Tour Dates
7/25-7/28 - Rory Block's 3rd Annual Blues & Gospel Weekend - featuring Duke Robillard, Shemekia Copeland, Rory Block, The Heavenly Echoes & The Macedonia Baptist Church Men's Choir - PS21, Chatham, NY & Church/Live, Chatham Center, NY
8/2 - Caffe Lena - Saratoga, NY
8/10 - Guitartown - Copper Mountain, CO
8/20 - Sellersville Theater (opening for John Mayall) - Sellersville, PA
8/21 - Daryl's House - Pawling, NY (Sisters of Slide Show with Cindy Cashdollar)
8/23 - Concerts on the Common - Princeton, MA (Sisters of Slide Show with Cindy Cashdollar)
8/24 - Saco River Theater - Buxton, ME (Sisters of Slide Show with Cindy Cashdollar)
Additional dates forthcoming ....






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