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  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Stony Plain
  • ASIN: B004LAVG0I
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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'I met Fred McDowell at a time in my life when I was most impressionable, and when the effect would deeply inspire and educate. That experience (along with meeting other surviving Country Blues masters such as Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Bukka White and Reverend Gary Davis) would become a life-long influence'. - Rory Block "

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"Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends." -- New York Times

"Rory Block is the blues... one of the music's few living legends."
-- All Music Guide

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This is the third in a series of Rory's tributes to the old blues greats. As always her guitar work is excellent and she really captures the feel of Mississippi Fred Mcdowell's music. In my opinion, not quite as good as her previous album 'Blues Walking Like A Man (a tribute to Son House)' but that is because I am a huge Son House fan. I have been a fan of Rory Block for two decades and have never been disappointed by her albums (apart from a couple of very early ones when record exec's called the shots). She has won a shedload of awards and yet is virtually unknown in Britain. It's about time she received the recognition she deserves on this side of the Atlantic.
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The lady is just an unbeatable player and interpreter of the best acoustic delta and country blues players. Why do it? She's keeping the real blues alive and deserve every credit for it.
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Not my sort of music but my husband thinks its great and as I brought it for him, thats good news. Though to be honest some of it is pretty good but I think you have to be in the right mood for this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mentor Series 6 May 2011
By Gaylen Halbert - Published on Amazon.com
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The Mentor Series is Rory's tribute to country blues masters. I liked the Son House tribute, but I like this one to Mississippi Fred McDowell even better. Rory and her producer Rob Davis spent a lot of time in crafting McDowell's originals and spicing up Rory's own new songs which pay respect to McDowell. The album provides a couple tracks that are a bit "jazzy" and have World Music influence. The result, particularly the track Ancestral Home, is a success. Rory's guitar playing just gets better and while there may be a pinch too much echo/reverb on her voice on some tracks, her singing is just fine. A lot of care went into recording this music and I encourage you to hear it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Rory! 21 May 2011
By Average Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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Rory may be the world's only guitarist who can play old style country blues using the self-created tunings of many of the old masters. She studied with several of these legends in the '60s and learned first hand how each of them did his thing. As a singer, she can go from rough to sweet and always gets the message across. On this cd, she pays tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell, performing six or seven of his songs along with a few of her own originals in his style. Her playing is fabulous and somehow sounds both authentic and up-to-date. I've been a fan for many years and usually appreciate what she does. But, this is easily her best work in the last few years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Country Blues Winner! 2 Jan. 2012
By The 2000 Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In a career that has spanned more than 40 years she has released more than two dozen albums, almost all to critical acclaim. She has played with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian and Maria Muldaur. She has won five W.C. Handy Blues awards. So why isn't Rory Block a household name? Outside of a few high profile artists the blues still doesn't get enough respect, especially traditional country blues.

Almost every album Rory Block releases becomes my new favorite and this one is no exception. It hasn't left my CD player in weeks. Rory's acoustic guitar mastery continually amazes me. In this tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell she adds a few of her own compositions played in McDowell's style. There isn't a bad track on this album. Rory's slide on "Woke Up This Morning" positively sends chills down my spine and the vocal perfectly complements the guitar. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" is another standout track.

If you care about American roots music, traditional blues or are just curious about country blues you need this album. You won't be disappointed. I promise.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Work by Outstanding Artist 14 Dec. 2011
By Blues411 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It seems as though Ms. Block is always bettering her prior fantastic musical effort. This is reinforced by the fact that she has won five BMA's, inspired the likes of Ms. Bonnie Raitt, and earned the praise of media ranging from The New York Times to Guitar Extra. Always keeping her focus and her eye on the prize, Rory is determined and dedicated to paying tribute to the music of the fathers of the Blues in the way it was intended to be presented.

In this release Ms. Block sheds her light on the works of Mississippi Fred McDowell. She had the pleasure of meeting Mr. McDowell at a time when she was most impressionable and the effect he had upon her is etched in her music on this release. What stands out is that Ms. Block has written several original songs that capture the essence of Mr. McDowell and his music.
Her first personal offering is the opening track, Steady Freddy. In it she seems to be telling a biographical story from Mr. McDowell's own mouth. Within the narrative she references his famous line "I do not play no rock and roll', but using it as his mother's advice to a young Fred. All of Rory's original songs are faithful to the feel and style of Mr. McDowell's playing. Another original song is her relating of a rather personal moment between Fred and her when she was fifteen, titled Mississippi Man. It is a fantastic piece of song-writing that completely knocked me over.

What has become a recurring action point for Ms. Block, is her messing with stereotypes, and she certainly did so with her version of Good Morning Little Schoolgirl where she gender adjusted it and acknowledges that it's a much different time we are living in these days. Her guitar playing throughout the release is crisp, thoughtful and solid.

Ms. Block's faithful renderings of Fred's music fits right in with her avowed path of recreating, revitalizing and reinterpreting the Delta Blues. Along these lines Ms. Block has produced two other albums featuring the music of forefathers of the Blues, one on Son House (whom she knew and played with) and one on Robert Johnson (whom she feels is the highest form of achievement and that we should all strive to reach his level), and is working on a 'Mentor's Series' of releases which would incorporate these releases and future ones into it.

A quick side note Ms. Block's web site is full of great info, including links to her e-book autobiography, and tons of other really super info, do check it out.

The Blues highway is long and winding, look for directions on blues411.com.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shake 'em On Down - New Recording review 9 Dec. 2011
By Bman's Blues Report - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This release is the third in a series of recordings by Block as tributes to great Blues Masters. The first two, "The Lady and Mr. Johnson, a tribute to Robert Johnson was aimed as being a note for note recreation of Roberts work. The second, Blues Walkin' Like A Man, Block's tribute to Son House began with the same concept but ultimately revised in concept as the session went on. This newest recording takes a different turn on the spectrum. Block explains that McDowell laid down a beat and didn't let up. She began in this manner but after with the repetitive riff but found it necessary to get creative and interject her own style. Only 3 of the 12 songs included on the release are original with one attributed to Sonny Boy Williamson and the balance to Fred McDowell. The recording is masterfully played as Block is a world class guitar player. It should be a welcome addition to any collection of contemporary acoustic blues lovers.
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