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Ron Block’s "Hogan’s House of Music" Debuts at #2 on Bluegrass Sales Charts

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Ron Block - Hogan's House of MusicNashville, TN -- It’s been a good week for banjo and guitar aficionado Ron Block. Hogan’s House of Music, his first solo instrumental LP, debuted in the #2 slot on the bluegrass sales chart, missing the top spot by just four units.

This 16-track collection features Block-penned originals alongside creative fresh takes on a few classics. Friends who happen to be world-class musicians -- Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Sierra Hull, Dan Tyminski, Rob Ickes, Clay Hess, and others – are featured on the record.

The 14-time Grammy winner celebrated the release of Hogan’s House of Music with a busy schedule at last week’s IBMA World of Bluegrass gathering in Raleigh, marking the week with a solo club appearance, an Alison Krauss & Union Station concert (Block’s been a banjoist and guitarist for nearly 25 years), and a banjo workshop. Learn more about Block and the making of this album in upcoming issues of Country Weekly and M Music & Musicians, on the syndicated “Knee Deep in Bluegrass,” and Cybergrass.

Throughout his life – and certainly throughout his extraordinary career – multi-instrumentalist Ron Block has been something of a musical Huck Finn, a tireless adventurer exploring various styles yet rooted firmly in the bluegrass-country tradition. Now the longtime member of the Grammy-winning band Alison Krauss and Union Station discovers a whole new area of uncharted terrain, with the release of his fourth solo album, Hogan’s House of Music, his first-ever all-instrumental collection. Whether it's the fierce, passionate bluegrass of "Smartville," which incorporates pentatonic, string-bending electric guitar-inspired left-hand banjo work, or his hopped-up take on the classic "Clinch Mountain Backstep," Block's myriad influences are on display throughout the new collection, from Flatt and Scruggs to Larry Carlton to a lifetime of memorable experiences which the consummate musician pours into each track, resulting in 16 unique and compelling wordless stories.

"I tried to distinguish the songs from one another, to have songs with a few instruments and then songs with a lot more instrumentation," Block explains. "You can also vary the material with tempo and with the kind of song that it is, like on 'Clinch Mountain Backstep' with string bends or the pretty 'Spotted Pony,' or the slow and pretty 'Gentle Annie.' You get all these different feels together and you can put a record together."

Hogan’s House of Music is available on iTunes, amazon.com and at www.ronblock.com.

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