Ron Block

Winner of 147 Grammys (or so), Ron Block is the banjo-ninja portion of Alison Kraus and Union Station. When he’s not laying down a bluegrass-style martial-arts whoopin’ on audiences around the world, he’s taking care of his donkey named “Trash” and keeping himself busy by being one of the most well-read and thoughtful people we know.



Trouble Go Down: “O, How I Love Jesus”

By Ron Block

When we were rounding out the record at the end of the process Jeff mentioned this hymn written Frederick Whitfield in 1855 and recorded it as a short interlude to go after “Come Away With Me.” Read More ›

Trouble Go Down: I Am Hidden Away In The Bosom of Christ

By Ron Block

The song “I Am Hidden Away In The Bosom of Christ” began with Rebecca Reynolds’s poignant lyrics that speak of having peace and assurance in troubled times. She sent them to me in an email, and one day Read More ›

Artists of a Large and Wholesome Vitality

By Ron Block

I saw a quote-photo posted on Twitter the other day:

“I dread writing poetry, for, I suppose, the following reasons: Read More ›

Trouble Go Down: Alight Thou In Me (featuring Ellie Holcomb)

By Ron Block

One day Rebecca Reynolds sent me these poetic lyrics combining the imagery of a dead leaf falling to the ground, evensong floating out from a cathedral, and sunlight through stained glass Read More ›

Trouble Go Down: Everything Broken and Everything Beautiful

By Ron Block

Rebecca Reynolds and I began writing songs together in August, 2011, and in Spring of 2012 she sent me these image-filled lyrics, inspired partly by an early morning she spent on Lake Barclay duck hunting with her Dad. Read More ›

Five Reasons To Buy Kate Rusby’s Life In A Paper Boat

By Ron Block

Kate Rusby, if you’ve never had the good fortune to hear of her, is a fantastic singer and songwriter from Barnsley, England, in Yorkshire. I first encountered her music when Alison Krauss & Union Station played some shows in the U.K.  Read More ›

Trouble Go Down: Come Away With Me

By Ron Block


“Come Away With Me” began with Rebecca Reynolds’s beautiful lyrics inspired by the Song of Solomon, and I added the chords and melody. Like the Song of Solomon, “Come Away With Me” is a depiction of Read More ›

Trouble Go Down: Title Track

By Ron Block

The song “Trouble Go Down” began as a clawhammer banjo melody written by Jeff Taylor. We were sitting in my studio going through songs and Jeff said, “Hey, I’ve got this melody I want you to hear. Can I use your banjo?” Read More ›

New Release: Trouble Go Down

By Ron Block

Congratulations are in order for Ron Block, Jeff Taylor, and Rebecca Reynolds. Their new record, Trouble Go Down, has finally arrived! The album is now available in the Rabbit Room Store.

Here’s Ron with a peek at another track.


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Trouble Go Down: “Like A River Glorious”

By Ron Block

Trouble Go Down is a new record by Ron Block and Jeff Taylor, with lyrics by Rebecca Reynolds. It releases October 21st.

“Like A River Glorious” is the first track on Trouble Go Down, done instrumentally with banjo, piano, and Barry Bales on bass.

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Ron Block and Jeff Taylor: Trouble Go Down

By Ron Block

Jeff Taylor and I have finished a duo record, with lyrics written by Rebecca Reynolds, called Trouble Go Down. It’s due for release on October 21st. Jeff is an amazing musician on piano, accordion, and other instruments, and Read More ›

Narnia, Lilith, and Banjos

By Ron Block

I saw Lester Flatt, of Flatt & Scruggs/Foggy Mountain Breakdown/Beverly Hillbillies fame, in 1976 when I was 12 years old, on television in southern California. The banjo in his band thrilled me, and Dad bought me a banjo when I was 13. I didn’t come out of my room until I was 21. Read More ›