Multi-award winning blues singer, guitarist and songwriter Rory Block will release her new CD, I Belong to the Band: a Tribute to Reverend Gary Davis, on May 29, 2012 with Stony Plain Records. Rory will tour in support of this new CD both in the US and internationally.
This CD was produced by Rory Block and Rob Davis and is the third in a series of CD’s that Rory refers to as her “Mentor” series of artists that have influenced her music. Previous CD’s paid tribute to Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell.
At age 14 in Greenwich Village, NY, Rory began her love of blues and became obsessed with learning from the best. She met Rev. Davis in 1964 and took lessons from him in his home in Bronx, New York. “I cried during the recording of this CD,” says Rory. “While listening to the music, memories of a precious time came swirling back like a wave of warm, fragrant air. I was overwhelmed with powerful emotions. This was a time when people like Reverend Gary Davis could be visited in person – at home – and one could take face-to-face lessons. It was nothing short of a magical time – of discovery, falling in love – and being swept away by the liberating beauty of early American blues and gospel in a well-worn easy chair in Reverend Gary Davis’s living room.”
There are 11 tracks on the CD including several of Rev. Davis’ best-known works, “Samson & Delilah,” “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” and the title track “I Belong to the Band.”
Rory recorded this CD playing several guitars, her Signature Model OM40 Martin Guitar and a D-28 Merle Travis Prototype Martin Guitar.
Upcoming tour dates:
05/26-27 AVON, CO – BEAVER CREEK MOUNTAIN
06/02/12 LEWISBURG, WV – CARNEGIE HALL
07/27/12 CARTERVILLE, IL – WALKERS BLUFF WINERY
07/29/12 LONG GROVE, IL – LONG GROVE CONCERT SERIES
08/04/12 DENVER, CO – SWALLOW HILL MUSIC
08/06/12 HELENA, MT – MYRNA LOY CENTER
08/08/12 BOISE, ID – ALIVE AFTER FIVE
08/11-12/12 EDMONTON, AB – EDMONTON FOLK FESTIVAL
08/14/12 PENTICTON, BC – THE DREAM CAFE
08/16/12 SEATTLE, WA – THE TRIPLE DOOR
08/17/12 PORT TOWNSEND, WA – THE UPSTAGE
09/07-08 HELL, NORWAY – BLUES IN HELL
09/28/12 ROSENDALE, NY – THE ROSENDALE CAFE
09/29/12 NEWBURGH, NY – THE RITZ THEATER
10/13/12 CHICAGO, IL – THE OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC
For up-to-date info, visit Rory Block’s website at www.roryblock.com.