(click on any title to see reviews for that recording)
A Tribute to Bessie Smith
A Tribute to Bukka White
A Tribute to Skip James
A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt
A Tribute to Reverend Gary Davis
A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell
A Tribute to Son House
"If you like music steeped in tradition and genuine feeling, this is your woman."
"Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends."
The New York Times
"A living landmark, the finest contemporary purveyor of the Mississippi Delta Country Blues tradition of which (Robert) Johnson was the leading exponent."
"Rory Block has become one of the world's most important preservers of the roots of American music.. she has become a national treasure in the form of an uncompromising mature blues artist."
"Today she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide."
The Blues Foundation
"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."
"One of today's great exponents of Delta Blues guitar.. playing and singing styles so true to Delta tradition that they might have been honed on the banks of the Mississippi.. the finest effort of the guitarist's distinguished career."
"Rory's superb renderings display her deep passion and instinct for historic preservation.. Her fierce acoustic attack- body pounds, potent bass-string snaps, precision rhythms- recall the great Willie Brown."
"Female sensitivity sheathed in steel.. pure thunder. She's spellbinding!"
"Singing as if every syllable were filled with an explosive charge, she makes traditional blues tunes sound menacing, ecstatic, redemptive, and, most important, as if they were her own."
"One of America's foremost Country Blues torchbearers, she's a breathtaking slash-'n'-burn guitarist and a supremely soulful, sexy vocalist."
Albany Times Union
"..she has created an approach that is so distinguished, so forceful and yet so subtle that it can only be called inimitable.. She's a one-in-a-million interpreter."
"..masterful guitar playing..majestic..a one-woman chorus."
"Rory Block has emerged as one of the best blues performers of her generation. But her talent and musical interpretations take her way beyond this or any other single realm of expression.. This mature, passionate artist is the real deal!"
Album Network - Burbank, CA
"Block can be counted among the 'modern' masters of the blues.."
Telegram & Gazette - Worcester, MA
"Rory Block is not only one of the finest contemporary exponents of Country Blues guitar playing, but she is a well-rounded artist with depth, vision and feeling."
RELIX - Brooklyn, NY
"From its first slide note to its last guitar strum, Confessions of a Blues Singer provides a heavy dose of the real, raw Delta blues... Block rips into the primal sound of the traditional folk-blues she cut her teeth on. The result is an acoustic tour de force... Block is absolutely hypnotic in her focused fervor... This album proves that Rory Block is one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists and that she can hold her own with the legends who inspired her."
"Some of the most singular and affecting Country Blues anyone, man or woman, black or white, old or young, has cut in recent years."