Mama's Blues

Mama's Blues

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by Rory Block
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/1992
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661311725
catalogNumber:
613117
Rank:
224561

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rory Block   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jorma Kaukonen   Acoustic 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   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
Scott Billington   Contributor
Scott Petito   Engineer

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Mama's Blues 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.