I'm Every Woman

I'm Every Woman

by Rory Block
     
 
Yes, roots blues guitarist and singer Rory Block covers Chaka Khan’s breakout hit on I’m Every Woman, but her version of the title tune sounds neither like Khan’s nor Whitney Houston’s. It has strings and big production, but Block approaches the vocals with the same raw power she pumps into her folkier outings. And the title cut is an exception. Most of the

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Yes, roots blues guitarist and singer Rory Block covers Chaka Khan’s breakout hit on I’m Every Woman, but her version of the title tune sounds neither like Khan’s nor Whitney Houston’s. It has strings and big production, but Block approaches the vocals with the same raw power she pumps into her folkier outings. And the title cut is an exception. Most of the album is a revamping of songs from an earlier soul era. She covers Al Green’s “Tired of Being Alone” much as he did, updates Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t Nothing like the Real Thing” in a duet with Keb’ ‘Mo, and rocks out on the Ann Peebles signature tune “I Feel like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.” For those who prefer the acoustic Block, there’s a duet with Kelly Joe Phelps on the old folk number “Pretty Polly,” an a cappella duet version of “Sea Lion Woman” with Gay Adegbalola of Saffire, and a rowdy “Rock Island Line,” which features Paul Richell and Annie Raines. Block’s son Jordan Block Valdina accompanies her on the gospel song “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down,” and Reverend Herb Sheldon does some preaching on Block’s version of “Hold On/Change Is Coming.” Yes, I’m Every Womanis all over the place, but when you’ve got a loyal following like Block does, taking chances is one of the privileges.

Editorial Reviews

Billboard
Block takes a scenic side trip into soul music...in a wise move, [she] does not blot out her country blues roots.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661317420
catalogNumber:
613174

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rory Block   Primary Artist,Slide Guitar
Mark Egan   Bass
Paul Rishell   Track Performer
Gaye Adegbalola   Track Performer
Richard Bell   Keyboards
Jeff Mironov   Electric Guitar
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Jordan Block Valdina   Track Performer
Keb' Mo'   Track Performer
Kelly Joe Phelps   Track Performer
Annie Raines   Track Performer
Clifford Carter   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Neal Jason   Bass

Technical Credits

Rory Block   Arranger,Producer
Lead Belly   Composer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Levi Seacer   Composer
Billy Steele   Composer
Larry Troutman   Composer
Roger   Composer
Clarence Reid   Composer
Willie Clarke   Composer
Rob Davis   Producer,Engineer
Mark Johnson   Engineer
Eddie Gip Noble   Composer

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