In April I'll be heading to the UK to record with Damien O'Kane at Pure Records in Yorkshire, then heading to Sore Fingers bluegrass/old time camp near Oxford, and finally finishing out on tour with Tony Furtado - come out to a show if you can. More info: http://truenorthpromotions.co.uk/upcoming-gigs/ron-block-tony-furtado/
I think John Hartford's liner notes for Rounder 0044 may be the best liner notes ever. I was a 13 year-old kid reading these notes while listening to J.D. Crowe & the New South absolutely kick my wobbly-timing little butt all over Torrance. My first official action following said butt-kicking was to get a metronome and use it daily.
Putting final touches on A Light So Fair, my new recording of original peaceful guitar instrumentals. Eric Uglum is mixing in California while I'm overdubbing folks here in Tennessee. Sierra Hull sang last week, Suzanne Cox was yesterday, Kate Rusby and Damien O'Kane are adding vocals in Yorkshire at Pure Records, and my own Erica Block will be adding her vocals today in my studio here. It'll be out in late Spring/early Summer. #wordlessvocals
Always a joy playing at Ricky Skaggs's studio. Today it was for Darin and Brooke Aldridge's new project for Rounder - great to see Ken Irwin, Brian Smith, and Chuck Turner, and to play with Aubrey Haynie, Mark Fain, and Tommy White. Fun day! Also, I the big framed pic of Flatt & Scruggs always cracks me up; Earl has an odd, skeptical look on his face, and Paul Warren is looking at him to see the reaction.
I'll be getting back to recording for my album of peaceful guitar instrumentals, A Light So Fair, next week. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow I'm recording banjo on five fantastic new Kate Rusby tracks, among other recording. It's always a thrill to play with Damien O'Kane and other top level musicians, with a songwriter and singer like Kate. Here's one I played banjo on from her last recording, Life in a Paper Boat. Dan Tyminski singing harmony:
Happy New Year! I’m currently writing and recording an entire album of peaceful guitar tunes, mostly original. I wrote the 11th tune this morning but didn’t have time to record it. If you like peaceful music at times, to listen to, to have on in the background while you read, write, think, eat dinner with your family, have a stressful day at work, you might like this music. There’s a lot coming up in 2019 - touring with a well-known but unnamed artist, making more banjo music with the fantastic banjo wizard Damien O’Kane, touring in the U.K. with guitarist-banjoist-singer-songwriter-sculptor Tony Furtado, and going to Sore Fingers in Kingham, near Oxford. Hope to see some of you at the shows this year!
Here's the first cut from Leiper's Fork Christmas. I'm on guitar and banjo, Jeff Taylor on piano and accordion, Barry Bales on bass, and Tim Crouch on strings. The entire Christmas Collection is 18 tunes for $13.50 at the RonBlock.com/store - some fun and sweet acoustic Christmas music I made with Jeff Taylor, Barry Bales, and Tim Crouch.
Here's another track from one of my instrumental Christmas albums, Leiper's Fork Christmas. Tim Crouch played bass, mandolin, and fiddle/strings on this, I played banjo and guitar, and Jeff Taylor is on piano. My guitar solo is a bit Larry Sparks if you ask me. Both my Christmas recordings are available in one download called The Christmas Collection, at ronblock.com/store
Merry Christmas season to you all! Here's a track from Leiper's Fork Christmas. Tim Crouch played bass, djembe, mandolin, and fiddle/strings on this - I played banjo, guitar, and eBow-ed some guitar bits. The finger-picky guitar is a 1946 Martin 00-18, and the lead guitar is a 1938 Martin D28. Both my Christmas recordings are available in one download called The Christmas Collection, at ronblock.com/store
Get Leiper's Fork Christmas and Carter's Creek Christmas in one easy Christmas Collection download for $13.50 at https://ronblock.com/store #banjo #christmasbanjo #vintageguitars