''Prove It On Me'' is the second album from Rory Block's new ''Power Women of the Blues'' series.
This recording celebrates the songs of nine ground-breaking female blues artists, includes one of her own originals, and will be released March 27, 2020 on Stony Plain Records. Prove It On Me presents Rory's unique take on songs from phenomenal female performers and songwriters: Arizona Dranes, Elvie Thomas Merline Johnson, Madlyn Davis, Helen Humes, Rosetta Howard, Lottie Kimbrough, Gertrude ''Ma'' Rainey and Memphis Minnie. Rory's goal for this release was to spotlight some of the more obscure names of the genre, some of whom did not become widely known ''despite their immense talent''. All songs are given the ''Rory Block Band'' treatment, while showcasing their own individual style and contribution to the genre.
''For over a century, women of the blues have prevailed to record and perform their music. I hope we will do them justice by continuing to get to know them better today, as we celebrate their names more every year.''
Prove It On Me was produced by Rory Block and Rob Davis. All vocals on the new disc are by Rory Block, who also played all the guitar and bass parts on her Signature Model Martin Guitars. In addition, all drums and percussion heard on the new disc - guitar bongos, hat boxes, plastic storage tubs, oatmeal boxes and wooden spoons - were played by Rory.
During her career, Rory Block has won six W.C. Handy Awards (now known simply as The Blues Music Awards) from the Blues Foundation, two for ''Traditional Blues Female Artist'', three for ''Acoustic Blues Album of the Year'', and in 2019 she won ''Acoustic Artist of the Year.'' She is nominated again in 2020 for:
Traditional Blues Female Artist (Koko Taylor Award)
Winner announced May 7, 2020 in Memphis, TN.
Rory Block is attending the 2020 Blues Music Awards ceremony.
She is supporting this release with a major US tour in Spring 2020.
''Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.''
The New York Times
''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.''
Today she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide.
The Blues Foundation
''... Rory Block is currently stretching the limits... hugely talented... She is one of our national treasures.''
The New York Blues & Jazz Society
''Rory Block is the blues... one of the music's few living legends.''
All Music Guide album pick
''A living landmark, the finest contemporary purveyor of the Mississippi Delta Country Blues tradition...''
''...one of the world's most important preservers of the roots of American music... a national treasure in the form of an uncompromising mature blues artist.''
''...Rory Block is one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists... she can hold her own with the legends who inspired her.''
''If you like music steeped in tradition and genuine feeling, this is your woman.''
''Some of the most singular and affecting Country Blues anyone, man or woman, black or white, old or young, has cut in recent years.''
''Rory Block should have a Doctorate in my grandfather's music.''
Steven Johnson, grandson of Robert Johnson
''When I hear Rory Block's music, it's as if my grandfather is here all over again.'' --Greg Johnson, grandson of Robert Johnson