New Ron Block Banjo Album Coming Sept. 25th!

Image635772901777350477Widely respected banjo and guitar player Ron Block will release HOGAN'S HOUSE OF MUSIC - his first instrumental album, Friday, September 25.

Block is a 24-year member of Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Named for his father’s music store in Lawndale, CA, HOGAN'S HOUSE OF MUSIC features guest appearances by (in alphabetical order) Barry Bales, Sam Bush, Tim Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Mark Fain, Clay Hess, Byron House, Sierra Hull, Rob Ickes, Alison Krauss, Adam Steffey, Jeff Taylor, Dan Tyminski, and Lynn Williams.

The album was self-produced by the Grammy, CMA, Dove, and International Bluegrass award winner and engineered by Brandon Bell (Earl Scruggs, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley) at Southern Ground Recording Studios in Nashville.

The multi-instrumentalist and singer is currently on the road with Alison Krauss and Union Station as they wrap up the Willie Nelson and Family tour.

"I grew up as a teenaged banjo and guitar player working for my Dad’s rock and roll music store, Hogan’s House of Music, in Lawndale, California. I was really into traditional bluegrass when I started working there at 16, in 1980 – Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe, the Osborne Brothers, Reno & Smiley, Larry Sparks, the Stanley Brothers, Ralph Stanley, and others. The Hogan’s employees were hilariously funny, most of them musicians (Gilby Clarke went on to play with Guns and Roses and have his own career). The guys played Eric Clapton, Skynyrd, the Eagles, Pat Metheny, Fleetwood Mac, Leslie West, ZZ Top, B.B. King, Boston, Foreigner, and many more on the store stereo. When I was working sales, I’d be hearing all that music for several hours a day, and then head home to learn from people like J.D. Crowe and Earl Scruggs. "

"But those sounds from Hogan’s eventually began to affect me. At about 19 or 20 I started buying recordings of other genres – particularly electric guitar players like Larry Carlton, Pat Metheny, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Roy Nichols with Merle Haggard, among others. I worked for Hogan’s for about five years, and quit just before I went out to South Plains College for two semesters. Hogan’s House of Music was the first and the last day job I ever had. "

"In making this banjo record, I am combining a lot of these influences that I love. The underlay is found in those traditional bluegrass sounds of Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe, Lester and Earl. There’s some banjo craziness a la Sonny Osborne, Don Reno single-string, old-time fiddle tunes, bluesy tunes with electric guitar influences, and a hint of Leon Rhodes and the Texas Troubadours."

Pre orders are available beginning today, (Sept. 8th) at and Ron is offering some special incentives for folks who buy early....

  • Buy early and receive three downloads of the tunes instantly:
    1. "Smartville" (with Clay Hess, Barry Bales, Jerry Douglas, Adam Steffey, and Tim Crouch). 
    2. "The Spotted Pony" (featuring Stuart Duncan and Alison Krauss).
    3. "Carter's Creek Pike" (with Dan Tyminski, Sam Bush, Byron House, Jerry Douglas, and Lynn Williams).


  • Buy early from RonBlock.com and get the aforementioned tunes PLUS two exclusive free downloads of extra songs not on the record:
    4. "Fireball Mail" (Tyminski, Steffey, Crouch, Bales, Rob Ickes, and Williams),
    5. "Little Darlin' Pal of Mine" (Sam Bush, Tyminski, Byron House, and Tim Crouch).

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