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Block celebrates and makes the best of it

The Troubadour, West Hollywood, Cal., February 8, 2024

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

Although Priscilla Block hit the stage holding a red solo cup and dancing, she was/is much more than just a pretty party girl. This was especially apparent when she sat down with an acoustic guitar and sang "Peaked In High School," a victory song for the ears of those that hurt her emotionally when she was younger. For most of the evening, Block smiled big and twirled happily in her tight sparkly silver outfit, which suggested she hasn't fully 'peaked' yet.

Exemplified by "My Bar" and "Wish You Were The Whiskey," many of Block's songs are set in a bar. She likes to have a good time and isn't ashamed to say so. Much of the time, this girl just wants to have fun, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Block was backed by a relatively standard rock-instrumented band. However, whenever she sings, she just sounds country. She can't help it. She mentioned how she needed to sing a lot of cover songs back when she was first coming up, but was happy to sing a medley of two of her relatively contemporary favorites, which started with "I Wish Grandpas Never Died," and ended "Live Like You Were Dying."

Before the night was over, Block sang "You, Me & Whiskey," recorded as a duet with Justin Moore. Tonight though, opener Ryan Larkins ably took the male vocal part. Block also joyfully announced that this song was her first radio number one.

Much the way Block did it in her earlier days, Larkins opened the night with a set loaded with covers. However, he closed with "The Painter," a lovely and loving song written for his wife, which Cody Johnson recorded. He's a talented songwriter, so don't forget his name.

Titled the "Hey Jack Tour" (yet another alcohol reference), Block's show tonight was much more of a celebration than drowning in one's sorrows. It was, in fact, her Block party and she certainly made the best of it.

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