photo: Shonna Valeska
Today she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and
authority on traditional country blues worldwide.
The Blues Foundation
Welcome! Thank you for stopping by. I want to say a very special thank you to all the wonderful people who write to us about the site, the shows, and about their own profound personal experiences. Please know that without you, good friends, fans and web surfers, there could be no career, just pickin' and singin' on the porch (which ain't half bad in itself as that is where all good music started).
"... Rory Block is currently stretching the limits...
hugely talented... She is one of our national treasures."
The New York Blues & Jazz Society
“Rory Block is the blues... one of the music’s few living legends.”
All Music Guide album pick
"A living landmark, the finest contemporary purveyor of the
Mississippi Delta Country Blues tradition..."
"...one of the world's most important preservers of the roots of American music... a national treasure in the form of an uncompromising mature blues artist."
"Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles
with ghosts, shadows and legends."
The New York Times
"...Rory Block is one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists... she can hold her own with the legends who inspired her."
"If you like music steeped in tradition and genuine feeling, this is your woman."
"Some of the most singular and affecting Country Blues anyone, man or woman, black or white, old or young, has cut in recent years."
"Rory Block has been an inspiration to me since we started out years ago. Her guitar playing, singing and songwriting are some of the most soulful in traditional and modern blues."
“Rory Block should have a Doctorate in my grandfather’s music.”
Steven Johnson, grandson of Robert Johnson
“When I hear Rory Block’s music, it’s as if my grandfather is here all over again.”
Greg Johnson, grandson of Robert Johnson