Rory Blockâ€™s dedication to preserving the authenticity of the blues comes across in spades on Shake â€™Em on Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell. The third release in her “Mentors” series, Shake â€™Em on Down pays loving tribute to her blues roots influences and demonstrates her skilled approach to the Delta sound on a handful of McDowell classics, as well as a few of her own compositions, which are done in the McDowell style.
From her artful and gritty interpretations of the iconic â€œGood Morning Little Schoolgirlâ€ and the acclaimed â€œWorried Mind,â€ to her own â€œMississippi Man,â€ which recounts her first meeting with McDowell when she was a teenager, the Handy Award-winning Block proves that she can play the blues with the best of its practitioners. In doing so, she adds her own unique spin to a much venerated tradition.
Shake ‘Em On Down is out now on Stony Plain.