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Ron Block of Alison Krauss' band releases bluegrass CD in June

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 – The second solo album by Ron Block of Union Station, Alison Krauss' backing band, "DoorWay," will be out June 19 on Rounder. Block, a guitarist/banjoist/vocalist/songwriter released his first solo album, 2001's "Faraway Land" (Rounder). The new disc features Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Jerry Douglas, Barry Bales, Adam Steffey, Stuart Duncan, Viktor Krauss and Suzanne and Sidney Cox.

Block said, "For the past several years, in my time off from Alison Krauss and Union Station, I've focused my attention on family, but lately I've felt an inner prompting to do more solo work. 'DoorWay' is the beginning of a heightened output of solo recordings. I'm glad to be back at it. I've got a fresh perspective, deeper lyrics and a better grasp on the music itself."

In 2006, Block received a Dove Award for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year for "A Living Prayer," from Alison Krauss and Union Station's "Lonely Runs Both Ways" (Rounder). "Jesus Help Me To Stand," "There Is A Reason," "I Give You To His Heart" and "A Living Prayer" were written with Krauss in mind and were recorded by Alison Krauss and Union Station. Block's songs have also been performed and recorded by Rhonda Vincent ("You're In My Heart"), Randy Travis ("Which Way Will You Choose"), Dan Tyminski ("Be Assured"), Michael W. Smith and the Cox Family.

CD reviews for Ron Block

Hogan's House of Music CD review - Hogan's House of Music
Ron Block's "Hogan's House of Music" works on several levels. The release is a lively and admiring tribute to traditional and bluegrass sounds that made him the player that he is today. And, the work could be included in an aural time capsule to demonstrate the state of play in the bluegrass establishment, circa 2015 "Hogan's House of Music" gets its name from a record shop in Los Angeles County, California, which Block's father ran for three decades and »»»
Walking Song CD review - Walking Song
For more than 20 years, the shorthand description of Ron Block has been "Alison Krauss' banjo player", but as his stage and recorded work has amply demonstrated over the years, he's also plays a mean guitar. His new solo release, "Walking Song," amply demonstrates that on cuts like Ivy, where he overdubs himself to striking effect. And in fact, Block performs all the guitar parts in addition to banjo on a 14-track excursion that covers a lot of musical ground and »»»
DoorWay CD review - DoorWay
Ron Block has become well known as a member of Union Station but he is also a respected artist outside of that narrow scope. He is a deeply religious man and a respected voice when he communicates with the bluegrass community. Although he has an established reputation in bluegrass, this is definitely not a bluegrass gospel album. Some cuts are bluegrass, like "Along The Way" and "Be Assured" but others, like "Flame," are progressive gospel, including a two-part »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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