Aurora “Rory” Block entered the planet through Princeton, New Jersey on November 6, 1949. Block spent much of her adolescence in New York City in the Soho section of Manhattan. Soho was famous for it’s artisan community of shops and various other craft vendors. At an early age, Rory focused on playing blues music in the style the old Delta masters. Then at the tender age of 15, she set out on a path of discovery, heading in to the Mississippi Delta to discover as much as she could from the remaining Bluesmen and the history that lived within them. Eventually she would end up in Berkeley, California.
After taking a break to raise a family, Block returned to performing in the 1970’s. Success was fleeting, until she signed with Rounder Records in 1981. Since then she has found her groove in the Delta blues. She accompanies expert guitar with a voice full of rhythm and blues and a little rock n’ roll. A traditional sound that we have heard over and over again, With Block, it all sounds new and fresh. It warms my heart to hear an artist who truly reflects what the ancestors of blues music intended. I would say she is a throwback to the origins of roots music, but I wouldn’t want to diminish her skills. Not that it would be possible. Rory Block is the blues in a modern setting.
I grew up in a family where, on a good day, music, art and poetry were the most important things in life.