Rory Block & Stefan Grossman – Country Blues Guitar: Rare Archival Recording 1963-1971 (1977/2009)

Posted by Green on January 18, 2022as

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Rare recordings of a young Rory Block and Stefan Grossman are featured. As well, the original landmark 1964 Elektra release of their How To Play Blues Guitar (plus out-takes) is presented. This is an enhanced CD and features a PDF file of tab/music for all the tunes from How To Play Blues Guitar. After these tracks were recorded Rory went on to record solo albums and be the Winner of five WC Handy Blues Music Awards. Stefan went on to record solo albums as well as the highly acclaimed duet albums with John Renbourn. He has also authored countless guitar books on the Country Blues.

This single-disc, 31-cut collection features early recordings by Rory Block and Stefan Grossman who, in 1963, were already pretty much blues guitar masters and interpreted the country blues and many of its prewar styles with acumen. Some of it is a bit staid in retrospect, but then these were young people playing very serious music. It was so serious, in fact, that they even got Son House to sing on a couple of cuts.


01. Crow Jane(01:50)
02. I’m So Glad(02:44)
03. Pony Blues(02:02)
04. Walking Blues(03:45)
05. Devil Got My Woman(01:46)
06. Yonder Comes the Blues (feat. Son House) (05:21)
07. Guitar Blues(01:37)
08. Ragged and Dirty(04:35)
09. Patton Blues in G(02:55)
10. Stagolee(02:11)
11. Special Rider(02:53)
12. New Pony Blues (feat. Son House) (03:00)
13. Shuffle for the Perls(01:35)
14. Canned Heat(02:34)

1964 How To Play Blues Guitar
15. Old Country Rock(01:29)
16. Future Blues(01:38)
17. Turn Your Money Green(01:15)
18. God Moves on the Water(01:05)
19. Monday Morning Blues(01:12)
20. M & O Blues(01:54)
21. Whistlin’ Blues(01:48)
22. Candyman(01:29)
23. Banty Rooster(01:33)
24. Save Up Your Money, John D. Rockerfeller Put the Panic On(01:05)
25. Canned Heat(01:31)
26. Vestapol(01:54)
27. Brownsville Blues(01:55)
28. Police Dog Blues(01:47)
29. You Got the Pocket Book, I Got the Key(01:18)
30. Mississippi Blues(02:50)

Out Takes
31. Kokomo Blues(01:16)
32. Belzona Blues(02:05)

Track 15-30 are orignal released on vinyl as Stefan Grossman – How To Play Blues Guitar in 1966
Track 15-30 were recorded on a Nagra tape machine
Track 6,12 with Son House were recorded in 1971 at Sound Techniques Recording Studio London

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