Rory Block : Shake ‘Em On Down – A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell


Rory Block’s dedication to preserving the authenticity of the blues comes across in spades on Shake ’Em on Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell. The third release in her “Mentors” series, Shake ’Em on Down pays loving tribute to her blues roots influences and demonstrates her skilled approach to the Delta sound on a handful of McDowell classics, as well as a few of her own compositions, which are done in the McDowell style.

From her artful and gritty interpretations of the iconic “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and the acclaimed “Worried Mind,” to her own “Mississippi Man,” which recounts her first meeting with McDowell when she was a teenager, the Handy Award-winning Block proves that she can play the blues with the best of its practitioners. In doing so, she adds her own unique spin to a much venerated tradition.

Shake ‘Em On Down is out now on Stony Plain.