Carter's Creek Christmas release day announced! 

We have some exciting news to announce!

Ron Block is in the process of putting the finishing touches on his new Christmas EP, "Carter's Creek Christmas", releasing November 27th!

He has taken a handful of Christmas tunes requested from fans, and picked a few of his personal favorites. 

The album features:

-O Holy Night
-What Child Is This?
-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
-Angels We Have Heard On High
-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
-Brightest and Best
-Cherry Tree Carol 
-Sleigh Ride

The record is all instrumental and reimagined versions of some Christmas classics! There is both sparse/intimate moments, and a couple uptempo and light hearted tunes.

Everything has been recorded in his Moonlight Canyon Studios in Franklin, TN with instruments ranging from his 1938 Martin D-28 Herringbone, 1946 Martin 00-18, a 1957 Gibson ES-125 and a 1963 Fender Tele through a late 50s Fender Deluxe, and his newer 1990s Gibson F-5 mandolin, and Huber Ron Block Model banjo.

Tim Crouch is also featured on the record, whom also played fiddle on "Hogan’s House of Music". 

The album will be for sale digitally on the 27th and we will have physical CDs as well. We're thrilled to share this holiday music with you, and hope these songs will be good additions to your Christmas playlists.

Many thanks go out to Kate Albie Armstrong for the incredible album cover she created, and Crystal Koster Martel for the beautiful photography. Also thanks to Laura Preston for diligent and invaluable work helping me launch and sell this music!

-Josh (Music City Management)

November Newsletter! 

Hello to friends and fans!
Special thanks to you for supporting Hogan’s House of Music. I love making music for you and that’s a community activity, impossible without the support of friends and fans. This is the first of a monthly email newsletter to update you on what’s happening – tour dates with AKUS and others, solo dates, recording, interviews, and other fun stuff. Several things are coming up.
Christmas EP
A Christmas EP is now in the works, Carter’s Creek Christmas, with some of the selections requested by vote from those on my Facebook page. I’ve recorded six of the tunes in my studio with several of my vintage guitars and Huber banjos and will do more in the next few days.  Release date will be November 27th.

Song titles will be: 
O Holy Night
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
What Child Is This?
Angels We Have Heard On High
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Cherry Tree Carol
Sleigh Ride
Brightest and Best

The Local Show
On November 17th I’ll be playing at The Local Show with Buddy Greene and Andrew Peterson atThe Well Coffeehouse in Brentwood, Tennessee. Come join us if you’re free. Buddy knows some of the tunes from Hogan’s so we’re sure to do a few.
Angel Band Christmas
November 30th is a show with Andrew Greer and Friends: An Angel Band Christmas at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. It’s a benefit for Food for the Hungry Nicaragua, sure to be full of Christmas cheer.

Behold the Lamb of God at the Ryman
Andrew Peterson's annual Christmas shows are a favorite event of mine. I'll be playing banjo and guitar in the show on December 13th and 14th.

Jars of Clay
I'll be sitting in with Jars of Clay and also doing one of my tunes at the Franklin Theatre on December 16th.
24 Years With AKUS
October 12th, 2015 marked the beginning of my 25th year with Alison Krauss & Union Station. They’ve  always been my first musical priority. Alison, Barry, Dan, and Jerry are great people and some of the best musicians I know.
As time goes on, our band’s touring ebbs and flows, and in that vacuum there’s a restless need to play music. So – that’s what I do.
Making Hogan’s House of Music
Hogan’s House of Music combines many elements. There is a strong emphasis on tradition. At heart I’m a rural boy. But there is experimentation. I love visiting cities, seeing new things. Hogan’s House of Music is a clashing and melding of the jaggedly different worlds I grew up in. There’s rural and there’s city; there’s relentless banjo-rolling and bendy, bluesy single-string.

It’s been a long road since beginning the record earlier this year - writing and finding the tunes, tracking at Nashville’s Southern Ground, and mixing at Eric Uglum’s studio in California. Josh Petersen, my manager, and Ronna Rubin, publicist, have done a lot of legwork setting up interviews, appearances, and some of these shows.

Here are a few highlights of the past month: 
  • Interview for Bluegrass Unlimited. 
  • Playing with Sierra Hull on Nashville’s Lightning 100.
  • Playing for the folks at Country Weekly and Music Row Magazine with Sierra Hull and Clay Hess.
  • A set with Alison Krauss in Atlanta at a benefit.Release day on September 25th.
  • WSM interview.
  • Interview in the Tennessean and the Nashville Scene.
  • A record release party for Hogan’s House of Music at Puckett’s in Franklin, Tennessee, with Sierra Hull, Todd Phillips, Trey Hensley, Bryan McDowell, and Lynn Williams.
IBMA events:
  • A Skype session from home – a panel with Claire Lynch, Mark Schatz, Stephen Mougin, and Greg Cahill on getting along musically and personally in a band.
  • A showcase of Hogan’s House of Music with Sierra Hull, Rob Ickes, Clay Hess, Bryan McDowell, and Irl Hees.
  • An Alison Krauss & Union Station show at IBMA in Raleigh.
  • A banjo workshop.
  • An appearance at the Huber Banjos booth at IBMA to sign cds.
  • Played tunes from Hogan’s House of Music at a church in Raleigh with Sierra Hull and Clay Hess
When I got back to Nashville after IBMA:
  • An appearance to play some tunes with Clay Hess and talk with the Grammy folks at the Nashville NARAS office.
  • A set with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski at the Nashville Palace for the 9th Annual MNPD Law Enforcement Show with Phil Vassar.
  • Interviews for, and Country Weekly. 
It’s been a very productive few months. Thanks to Josh and Ronna for all they do (Josh keeps me on track – he’s a man with a plan).
Thanks again for supporting the new record!

Hogan's House of Music Releases Today! 

Today is release day for Hogan’s House of Music, my new bluegrass instrumental record. I’ve wanted to make one for a long time. It’s been a long road since starting work on it in February, with starts and stops due to touring with AKUS and Willie Nelson. I came out of the studio thrilled with how all the musicians played, how Eric Uglum and I mixed it, and Brad Blackwood’s mastering job. Throughout the process we’ve tried to tell the story on Facebook and the website, and presales and downloads have been good. The cds are now actually here for real! It is exciting to see the idea go from thought to reality, from concept to an actual, physical cd. 

We decided to fund and put this record out ourselves. It’s a bit scary taking that sort of a risk, but it was the best option on many levels. I’m still playing with Alison Krauss & Union Station of course, but I’m pushing into a new phase in my personal expression of music. I’d love your help in spreading awareness, telling your friends about Hogan’s House of Music via social media and word of mouth, and reviewing the record on iTunes and Amazon.

Apologies on the website store glitch today where you got 47 emails. Bandzoogle was contacted and it was fixed. Everything is up and running and stable now.

From my family to yours, thank you for investing in this music. Thanks for supporting what I do! It’s the fans that make it all work; it’s folks like you who enable folks like me to create music on a continual basis. 

Hogan’s House of Music can be found at RonBlock.Com/store, iTunes, and Amazon, and the behind-the-scenes at Southern Ground Studio video for Smartville is on YouTube here:


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Date Event Location
Andrew Greer and Friends an Angel Band Christmas Franklin Theatre, Franklin, TN Franklin Theatre, Franklin, TN
Private Event Schocco Springs, AL Schocco Springs, AL
Private Event Schocco Springs, AL Schocco Springs, AL
Private Event Schocco Springs, AL Schocco Springs, AL
Behold The Lamb of God Ryman Auditorium , Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium , Nashville, TN
Behold The Lamb of God Ryman Auditorium , Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium , Nashville, TN
Jars of Clay Family Christmas Show Franklin Theare, Franklin, TN Franklin Theare, Franklin, TN
Sore Fingers Summer Schools Workshop Kingham Hill School, England Kingham Hill School, England
Sore Fingers Summer Schools Workshop Kingham Hill School , England Kingham Hill School , England
Sore Fingers Summer Schools Workshop Kingham Hill School , England Kingham Hill School , England
Sore Fingers Summer Schools Workshop Kingham Hill School , England Kingham Hill School , England
Sore Fingers Summer Schools Workshop Kingham Hill School, England Kingham Hill School, England