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Blues giant Rory Block brings hard-edged, honest blues to the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

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The daughter of a gregarious Greenwich Village sandalmaker and musician, Rory Block grew up in the midst of the 1960s folk revival. The steady stream of musicians who picked and talked music in her father’s shop included Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, David Bromberg and Bob Dylan. Rory Block listened, learned and matured into one of the most genuine and passionate performers of Delta blues. Honored with five W.C. Handy Blues awards, her latest project, the “Mentor Series,” consists of four CDs, each devoted to one of the musicians who influenced her development as a blues giant: Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt. On Wednesday, Block will offer a tour de force of hard-edged, honest blues when she takes the stage at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. More information at artscenterlive.org.

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