When rock musicians “rediscover” the blues, it usually means one of two things: They feel a need to step back from their careers and look at one origin of their craft, or they’ve run out of ideas and need to give writer’s block a swift kick in the pants.

It seems as if Doug Martsch has found himself at this crossroads with his first solo album, “Now You Know.” The brains behind Boise, Idaho’s best (if only) indie band, Built to Spill, has put his patented lo-fi shriek on the back burner and picked up the slide guitar-style of Delta blues. Recorded in Martsch’s basement studio, “Now You Know” came together after Martsch discovered musicologist Alan Lomax’s 1959 recordings of bottleneck guitar great Mississippi Fred McDowell.

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