Ron Block has been the banjoist, guitarist, and vocalist for Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1991. He’s been said to be something of a musical Huck Finn, a tireless adventurer exploring various styles yet rooted firmly in the Bluegrass-Country tradition. As a session musician he’s played on recordings by Dolly Parton, Kate Rusby, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, and many others. Ron has written many AKUS songs through the years, including “A Living Prayer” and “There is a Reason.” As a solo artist he’s released nine recordings of his own, including collections of original Gospel and Bluegrass songs, a Bluegrass banjo album, two Christmas recordings, a Gospel duo album with Jeff Taylor, and an album of peaceful acoustic guitar instrumentals.
Ron’s latest musical endeavor is with Northern Irish tenor banjoist Damien O’Kane in a mind-meld of Celtic styles with Bluegrass and other influences. The Ron Block Banjo Workshop app is Ron’s newest teaching enterprise. It’s up on the App Store and will soon be on Google Play for Android.