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In an unusual but fruitful pairing, bluegrass notable Ron Block teamed up with teacher/poet Rebecca Reynolds to craft the tunes on Walking Song. Block (best known as the banjo player with Alison Krauss’ Union Station) met Reynolds through an online spirituality forum; their discussions led to a songwriting partnership. Walking Song reflects their shared sense of creative freedom both lyrically and musically. Tunes like the Celtic-tinged “Let There Be Beauty,” the country-slanted “Ivy," and the poignant “Colors” match Reynolds’ rich, vivid lyrics with Block’s fine-etched melodies to entrancing effect. “Nickel Tree Line” is a particular standout, updating the Appalachian ballad tradition with haunting imagery and high, keening vocal harmonies. There’s an old-fashioned sense of romance to these tunes, evident in the dreamily waltzing “Summer’s Lullaby” and the delicate, fairytale–like “Chase Me to the Ocean.” Block’s honeyed, plaintive tenor and fluent touch on banjo and guitar are backed by Krauss and the rest of Union Station, as well as mandolinist Sierra Hull, singer Kate Rusby, and other top talents.

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Can't Go Wrong with a Ron Block Song

Like his previous two solo projects, Walking Song shows in a very humble way just how talented Ron Block is and what he brings to the Union Station platform. Not that he needed to prove anything, mind you, as his work with Union Station (which in my opinion is the best band of any genre on Earth), has been proof enough of his songwriting, singing, and instrumentation abilities. Walking Song contains songs that are heartfelt, thought-provoking, soul-stirring, and an all-around joy to listen to. Ron has a distinct sound--both vocally and instrumentally--but he's never really in-your-face about it. And that's a very Union Station trait, isn't it? With great songs, stellar technicality, and lush musicality, there's an ease about what he does even though it's obvious just how skilled he is. This album deserves a lot of accolades, and so does Ron, who is a humble giant of modern bluegrass music.

A little help from friends

Again, Ron Block has shown his gifts and talents in weaving beautiful guitar and banjo music to creative and thoughtful lyrics and poems. He awakens our soul with life changing tunes, if we only listen to deep messages woven in his music.


Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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