Block, Ron


  • From Torrance, California. Lives in Nashville
  • His father owned a music store (Hogan’s Music) in Southern California. He grew up literally surrounded by musical instruments.
  • Began playing guitar at age 11; banjo at age 13.
  • 1983-1985, played with a Southern California band called Yankee Bluegrass.
  • 1985-1989, was a member of Weary Hearts with Chris Jones, Butch Baldassari and Eric Uglum.
  • 1991, worked with the Lynn Morris Band.
  • 1992, joined Alison Krauss and Union Station, playing banjo and guitar. Regarded the “spiritual touchstone” of the group because of his deep religious faith.
  • Has written songs that have been recorded by Alison Krauss, Randy Travis, Rhonda Vincent, the Cox Family, Dan Tyminski, many others.
  • 2000, appeared and performed in the movie and soundtrack “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
  • 2001, released solo album of original gospel music, Faraway Land (Rounder).
  • 2004, delivered the keynote address at the IBMA World of Bluegrass business conference in Louisville.
  • 2005, released second solo album Doorway (Rounder).
  • 2013, released album Walking Song (Rounder).
  • 2015, released Hogan’s House of Music album (no label), named after his father’s music store in southern California.