Sunday, July 3, 2011

Rory Block: Stand By Me

Today’s Spiritual Sunday song comes from blues singer Rory Block and her version of the spiritual “Stand By Me.” There were actually two songs by this title written in the early part of the twentieth century. They are somewhat similar in construction; however, Rory’s interpretation is of the grittier song of the same name. The other version, which I have performed, has more and varied chording. It is also much slower.

While they both probably share a common origin, they are considered different songs. Rory plays a mean slide guitar on this number.

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