Referring to Sojourner Truth's stirring 19th Century oration, "Ain't I A Woman" is among Rory Block's most poetically evocative albums. Rory's music is an historic preservation of the past and a strong and original contemporary vision of the blues. She continues the classic tradition of the great women blues singers, while adding her own unique and magical sense of the world today. Features guitarist Mark Knopfler on one track (Rounder).Rory Block's 11th album marked both a personal and professional milestone. Now a thoroughly experienced singer, Block sounded much more confident and assured doing traditional blues tunes. Her performance on the title cut was both assertive and definitive, while she also displayed her customary versatility, doing country and folk-flavored numbers such as "Silver Wings" and "Rolling Log" in addition to a stunning gospel number, "Walk In Jerusalem." Block's vocals and guitar work have blossomed, toughened and greatly improved over her career, and were in prime form here (AMG).