Walking Song

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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: 7/30/2013
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661916722
  • Catalog Number: 619167
  • Sales rank: 48,308

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    I was privileged to meet Ron at a small-venue concert a few year

    I was privileged to meet Ron at a small-venue concert a few years ago.  So down-to-earth and easy to talk with.  I enjoyed his earlier CDs, but didn't feel his easy-going personality in them.  This CD adds that quality to the music and especially to his voice.  This is definitely my favorite. 

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