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Rory Block (from the album Ain’t Nobody Worried available on Stony Plains Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Rory Blocks latest finds the award-winning Blues artist digging into a jukebox songbook of recognizable tracks and familiar artists. An album born in the pandemic years, Ain’t Nobody Worried is Rory Block handpicking eleven favorites, some past commercial radio hits, other cuts not as familiar to any types of broadcast media yet familiar to those with stellar record collections and a healthy knowledge of a rich musical past. Rory Block made good work of her recording sessions, turning these cuts into her own laid-back and loungey Blues numbers.
Memorable tracks include The Staples Singers “I’ll Take You There”, Gladys Knights and The Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia”, Tracy Chapman “Fast Car”, and Martha and the Vandella’s “Dancing in the Streets”, Accentuating these numbers is Rory Block’s acoustic guitar work, giving the melodies, especially on “Midnight Train to Georgia”, a Rootsy festival feel while “Dancing in the Streets” is also ripe for the festival due to Block nailing the Boogie Blues vibe. Her take on Koko Taylors “Cried Like a Baby” is loaded with grit, and Elizabeth Cottons “Freight Train” has stellar guitar work. The track is a beautiful closer.
Rory Block has not reinvented the wheel. She has, however, provided an alternate version of that old wheel. It’s round, it spins, and does everything you need it to do however it’s a lot prettier and rides a lot smoother, while providing familiar, harmonic content and soulful, genuine musical warmth. (by Bryant Liggett)
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