CSPS Hall – November 2 at 8 p.m. ($17-21)
Rory Block did not start out playing the blues. Growing up in New York City’s Greenwich Village during the rise of folk in the 1960s, Block started out by playing classical guitar. Her path changed when, at age 14, she met guitarist Stefan Grossman who introduced her to Mississippi Delta blues. Block quickly grew fond of the style and focused her life on the music. She left home to find the major players of the style — legends like Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis and Son House — and further hone her craft.
The knowledge gained from her time spent with those musicians allowed Block to carve out her own niche in the blues world, and today she is widely considered to be one of the best acoustic blues players living. Block’s tight, expressive guitar playing and soulful voice has won her numerous awards, as well as the respect of her peers. With her talents as a musician, Block has come to be an ambassador for the Delta style, and will certainly help keep the sound alive in the 21st Century.
Ticket information for this Legion Arts show is available here.