Mama's Blues

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Rory Block is quite impressive. Ignoring the fact that she is a white woman singing older-style blues in the 1990s, Block compares favorably to many of the top country-blues artists of the 1930s. Highlights of her very enjoyable set include Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues," a pair of Tommy Johnson classics and two songs recorded by Bessie Smith "Do Your Duty" and "Weepin' Willow Blues". Block's own originals which have intelligent lyrics sound more contemporary with the influences of R&B, pop and gospel being felt, which alters the general mood of the release a bit. However, even with its brief playing time 38 minutes, her CD is highly recommended as a fine example ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Rory Block is quite impressive. Ignoring the fact that she is a white woman singing older-style blues in the 1990s, Block compares favorably to many of the top country-blues artists of the 1930s. Highlights of her very enjoyable set include Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues," a pair of Tommy Johnson classics and two songs recorded by Bessie Smith "Do Your Duty" and "Weepin' Willow Blues". Block's own originals which have intelligent lyrics sound more contemporary with the influences of R&B, pop and gospel being felt, which alters the general mood of the release a bit. However, even with its brief playing time 38 minutes, her CD is highly recommended as a fine example of the work of this talented blues performer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/1992
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661311725
  • Catalog Number: 613117
  • Sales rank: 198,863

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Terraplane Blues (3:23)
  2. 2 Bye Bye Blues (2:35)
  3. 3 Big Road Blues (3:06)
  4. 4 Do Your Duty (2:58)
  5. 5 The Spirit Returns (3:18)
  6. 6 Got to Shine (4:35)
  7. 7 Mama's Blues (4:27)
  8. 8 Ain't No Shame (4:29)
  9. 9 Hawkins Blues (2:55)
  10. 10 Weepin' Willow Blues (2:24)
  11. 11 Sing Good News (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rory Block Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jorma Kaukonen Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Warren Bernhardt Piano
Richard Bell Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano
Sarah Brooks Vocal Harmony
Jeanette Johnson Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Rob Leon Bass
Jerry Marotta Drums
Vinnie Martucci Electric Piano
Michael Mugrage Rhythm Guitar
Scott Petito Bass
Rohan Remike Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Peter "Madcat" Ruth Harmonica
Corinne Summers Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Reverend Lee A. Thomas Jr. Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jordan Block Valdina Choir, Chorus
Linda VanAlstyne Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Selma VanNess Vocals, Choir, Chorus
William VanNess Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ann Pedan Choir, Chorus
Paul Gabriel Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Rory Block Producer, Contributor
Ron Bach Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Scott Billington Contributor
Scott Petito Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    Loved it. It's great to hear a female voice behind some of the old traditional blues standards. The songs are not over-produced giving the cd a great raw blues feel. It's amazing what Rory Block can do with a guitar. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

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