Banjoïste et guitariste Country US né le 30 Juillet 1964.

Banjo player Ron Block devoted more than a dozen years to Alison Krauss & Union Station and other groups before branching out to record Faraway Land, a solo album of gospel music that was released by Rounder Records in 2001. He previously spent about four years during the late '80s with the group Weary Hearts, of which he was a founding member, and a bit of time early the following decade with the Lynn Morris Band. With Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1991, when he stepped in to take over for Alison Brown, Block provided enduring and lovely songs for the outfit's albums, and they are frequently concerned with the topic of faith. Among the other artists who have recorded Block's songs are Michael W. Smith, Randy Travis, Rhonda Vincent, the Forbes Family, fellow Union Station member Dan Tyminski, and the Cox Family. Block has lent his talents to recordings by Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Clint Black, Susan Ashton, Brad Paisley, Billy Dean, and Bill Frisell, among others. In addition to his songwriting and playing, Block also has worked as a producer on the bluegrass-gospel In the Shadow of Your Wings, recorded by the Forbes Family. The list of artists who contributed to Block's debut reads like a high-caliber who's who, and includes Alison Krauss & Union Station, Chris Thile and his Nickel Creek partners, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, and the Forbes Family.
Block, whose father owned a music store in Lawndale, CA, got his hands on a guitar of his own when he was 11 years old. After catching a televised performance by Lester Flatt two years later, he was drawn to the banjo. Later that same year, his father presented him with one of the instruments, a Kay model, as a Christmas gift. After high school he turned to Texas' South Plains College to study music, specifically country and bluegrass. There he joined forces with Eric Uglum and Mike Bub to establish Weary Hearts. The group would later include Chris Jones and Butch Baldassari. In addition to Flatt, Block cites a wide range of musical influences, including Flatt's partner Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, and Ricky Skaggs, among others. Inspiration later came from such diverse musicians as B.B. King, Benny Goodman, Eric Clapton, Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Larry Carlton. In 2007 Block released DoorWay, his second solo album, on the Rounder label. His third, Walking Song, which featured songs co-written by Block and poet Rebecca Reynolds, appeared in the summer of 2013.

Talents : Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter, Producer

Style musical : Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Contemporary Country

Years in activity :

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08/2001 CD ROUNDER 610477 (US) FARAWAY LAND - Faraway Land / He's Holding On To Me / Your Heart Has Found A Home / Searching / Is It Any Wonder / Higher Than Man / Another Life I'm Living On / In The Morning Light / Set Your Children Free / Donal's Lullaby / In Memory Of Steve / Let Me Be You
06/2007 CD ROUNDER 0587 (US) DOORWAY - The Kind Of Love / Along The Way / Love's Living Through Me When I Do / Things Aren't Always As They Seem / Be Assured / DoorWay / Above The Line / The Blackness Of The Need / Flame / Secret Of The Woods / I See Thee Nevermore / Someone
07/2013 CD ROUNDER 11661916702 (US) WALKING SONG - Walking Song / Devil In The Strawstack / Jordan, Carry Me / Ivy / Summer's Lullaby / Nickel Tree Line / Let There Be Beauty / What Wondrous Love Is This? / The Fields Of Aidlewinn / Chase Me To The Ocean / Shortnin' Bread / Colors / Sunshine Billy / Rest, My Soul

Carter's Creek Christmas - O Holy Night / What Child Is This? / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Angels We Have Heard On High / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Brightest And Best / Cherry Tree Carol / Sleigh Ride

09/2015 CD NOT ON LABEL ? (US)

Hogan's House of Music - Smartville / Hogan's House Of Boogie / Wolves A-Howling / The Spotted Pony (feat. Stuart Duncan & Alison Krauss) / Clinch Mountain Backstep / Gentle Annie (feat. Tim Crouch) / Mooney Flat Road (feat. Stuart Duncan & Alison Krauss) / Mollie Catherine Carter / Seneca Square Dance (feat. Sierra Hull) / Calico / You Are My Sunshine / Lonesome Road Blues / '65 Mustang Blues (feat. Sam Bush & Jerry Douglas) / Brushy Fork Of John's Creek / Carter's Creek Pike / Home Sweet Home


Leiper's Fork Christmas - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / The First Noel / We Three Kings / Away In A Manger / Go Tell It On The Mountain / Come, Children Of This Long, Discarded Night / Here We Come A-Wassailing - Good Christian Men Rejoice / O Come, O Come Emmanuel / In The Bleak Midwinter / Jingle Bells

07/2018 CD Pure PRCD48 (UK)

Banjophony - Damien O'Kane & Ron Block - Miller's Gin - Potato Anxiety / Crafty Colette / Battersea Skillet Liquor / No Harm Done / Banjophony / Ode To Aunt Frances / Trip To Portugal - Guiseppe's / Brown Eyes / The Middle Thief - The Lobster / Phoebe's - The Banjo Strikes Back / Lucky Rogues - Frantic Inspiration / Leiper's Fork / Brian Boru's Reel / Danish Horde - S. McGee Buys The Farm / Waiting For Erin

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