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New Blues: Rory Block — ‘A Woman’s Soul’

Rory Block — A Woman’s Soul

Label: Stony Plain Records

Release date: July 6, 2018

Five-time Blues Award winner Rory Block, among many other impressive titles, might be called the Queen of the Well-Thought-Out Albums. She has put her vast musical talent to amazing use, creating important albums, full of purpose. So many of her albums have given us hours of powerful performances celebrating some of the founders of the blues. Her latest album, A Woman’s Soul, is no exception. The first in her new Power Women of the Blues series, it lets us experience anew the playful, honest, sexy songs of Bessie Smith. Songs like “Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer,” “Kitchen Man,” and “Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl.” It’s a treasure trove of songs we know, songs we should know, and—thanks to Rory Block—songs we thought we knew that suddenly have added meaning.

Rory Block is an interpreter par excellence. Not only is she is more than up to the task of delivering material associated with the greats, she has an uncanny ability to capture the essence of the original while letting her own artistry shine through. Her voice comes with its own, instantly identifiable survivor’s rasp, and her guitar work is equally stunning.

There is no doubt that someday there will be many a tribute album to the great Rory Block.

A Woman’s Soul Track Listing

Do Your Duty
Kitchen Man
Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town
Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer
Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
I’m Down in the Dumps
Black Mountain
Weeping Willow Blues
On Revival Day
Empty Bed Blues

To purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

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