Walking Song

Walking Song

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by Ron Block
     
 

Ron Block is a world-class banjo player, and he has anchored Alison Krauss' band Union Station for years now, but he's also a fine guitarist and a fine, deeply philosophical and spiritual songwriter, and his calm, everyman voice is perfectly suited to his songs and approach. He doesn't put out solo albums very frequently, and this one,See more details below

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Ron Block is a world-class banjo player, and he has anchored Alison Krauss' band Union Station for years now, but he's also a fine guitarist and a fine, deeply philosophical and spiritual songwriter, and his calm, everyman voice is perfectly suited to his songs and approach. He doesn't put out solo albums very frequently, and this one, Walking Song, is only his third in a dozen years. It's a good one, too, a warm, easy-paced gem that is graceful and sturdy, and timeless in its own way. Save for a trio of traditional tunes, including driving instrumental versions of "Devil in the Strawstack" and "Shortnin' Bread," all of the songs here were written by Block with lyrics by Rebecca Reynolds. The two met in a theological discussion group online, and while a musical collaboration between the two would seem improbable, it works, and several of these songs are stunningly good, including the lovely and romantic "Summer's Lullaby"; the rushing, relentless, and perfect "Nickel Tree Line"; and "Let There Be Beauty," which is the song of a poet if ever there was one. Block's arrangements are simple and unadorned, and with members of Union Station aboard, as well as Krauss and other fine musicians like Sam Bush, Dan Tyminski, and Jerry Douglas, there's appropriate energy and sturdiness on everything here. Reynolds' lyrics can run at times into whimsical, ornate territory, but the songs don't really suffer for it, and Block's singing (and playing) is so sure and suited to this material that it may even be an odd strength, because there is a kind of joy to these songs, a bouncing, hopeful joy that makes this one of Block's best solo outings. Here's hoping he and Reynolds work together again soon.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2013
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661916722
catalogNumber:
619167
Rank:
139645

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ron Block   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,National Duolian
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Buddy Greene   Harmonica
Mike Compton   Mandolin
Barry Bales   Bass
Evelyn Cox   Vocal Harmony
Suzanne Cox   Vocal Harmony
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Dan Tyminski   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Kate Rusby   Vocal Harmony
John Joe Kelly   Bodhran
Sierra Hull   Mandolin,Octave Mandolin
Jeff Taylor   Accordion,Concertina,Pipe organ
Rob Ickles   Dobro

Technical Credits

Ron Block   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Brad Blackwood   Mastering
Traditional   Composer
Joe Rusby   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jewly Hight   Liner Notes
Jeff Taylor   Whistle
Rebecca Reynolds   Composer,Lyricist

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