RON BLOCK, “Walking Song,” Rounder. 14 tracks.
Ron Block has been a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station for the past 22 years.
Their success means he doesn’t have to worry about a solo career.
So Block has been releasing solo albums every six years — “Faraway Land” in 2001 and “DoorWay” in 2007.
Now comes “Walking Song,” an album written with a new writing partner, poet/teacher Rebecca Reynolds.
The lyrics on the 11 originals are pure poetry, much of it beautiful.
“Let There Be Beauty” says, “Ten folded child fingers cradle a firefly/Fluttering gold through the cracks, simple and wonder light/Thrumming joy’s melody soft against night’s navy black.”
“Summer’s Lullaby” promises to “wrap you in stories/Chase your dragons away.”
“Jordan, Carry Me” says, “Born to a son of sundown/I have wandered far from home/Low roads I have chosen/And I have walked them all alone.”
“Ivy” says, “I’m a long, long way from West Virginia/chasing dreams through the lonely city lights.”
The other three songs are traditional material — “Devil in the Strawstack,” “Shortenin’ Bread” and “What Wondrous Love Is This?”
As always, Block has put together a “who’s who” of bluegrass musicians backing him.
This time, the list includes Barry Bales, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Sierra Hull, Mike Compton, Dan Tyminski, Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Suzanne Cox, and Evelyn Cox.
Another good album by one of bluegrass’ best.
Now we have to wait six years for the next one.
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