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Faraway Land

By Ron Block (Artist)
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Item Specifications...

Record Label   Rounder / Umgd
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.18 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   May 31, 2002
ISBN  0012195014  
EAN  0011661047723  
UPC  011661047723  

Availability  0 units.

Track Names
1.  Faraway Land - Barry Bales, , Ron Block, Stua
2.  He's Holding on to Me - Barry Bales, Ron Bloc
3.  Your Heart Has Found a Home - Ron Block, Jerr
4.  Searching... - Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry
5.  Is It Any Wonder? - Barry Bales, Ron Block, J
6.  Higher Than Man - Larry Atamanuik, Pat Berges
7.  Another Life I'm Living On - Ron Block, Stuar
8.  In the Morning Light - Barry Bales, Ron Block
9.  Set Your Children Free - Larry Atamanuik, Pat
10.  Donal's Lullaby - Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jer
11.  In Memory of Steve - Ron Block, Jerry Douglas
12.  Let Me Be You - Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry

Item Description...
Bluegrass gospel recordings typically place a premium on the traditional sounds of close harmonies, tight arrangements, and churchly melodies. But longtime Union Station member Ron Block seems heaven bent on cutting a new gospel road. Blending together "newgrass" and adult contemporary folk, Block has fashioned a spiritual song cycle grounded very much in the present. "Higher Than Man" quotes John 8 and rocks like Whiskeytown unplugged, while "Searching..." reinterprets the metaphysics of The Matrix, and the gorgeous "Is It Any Wonder?" rewrites Les Miserables from a born-again perspective. The somber mood of these originals may put off a few listeners, but breakdowns like "Set Your Children Free," which features harmonies from Soggy Bottom Boy Dan Tyminski, and "In the Morning Light," with sizzling mandolin from Nickel Creek's Chris Thile, let in a bit of radiant joy. --Roy Kasten

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Absolutely Brilliant  Jan 26, 2007
Ron Block is one of two banjo/guitar players in Union Station (Alison Krauss' band), and is a great talent who deserves more attention. Alison Krauss and Union Station have recorded a couple of his Christian songs, which are amazing ("There is a Reason" and " Living Prayer"). He recorded his own album, "Faraway Land," in 2001, which has become one of my all-time favorite discs. The playing and music are great, but I especially love his lyrics. They are on a completely different level from most worship songs I've heard. There is an intimacy and intellect in his words that really grab me. He addresses the struggle of becoming and being a Christian in a way that I haven't heard elsewhere, and the music is brilliant - the mood, the musicianship, the production - it's all spot on. It's as enjoyable and inspiring as it is thought provoking. I highly recommend it. Take a chance on this CD. I'm confident it will be one of your all-time favorites too.
Divine music!  Sep 7, 2006
What an incredible blessing this album has been! My brother bought it when it was released, and I heard it a few times, and thought "It's not bad." Then something just clicked. I finally started listening to the words, and was simply blown away. This is the best bluegrass CD I have ever heard.

From start to finish, it is a wonderful journey. You know that music is inspired when it leads you to the foot of the cross. This does. The lyrics and arranging are just great. Take my advice- BUY IT!

A glimpse into the heart of Ron Block  May 19, 2006
This is an excellent collection of Christian music by a consummate writer and instrumentalist. Ron's voice is probably more suited to the bluegrassy blending of Union Station, but his true voice lives in his words and music. It is there that you will gain a glimpse into the heart of a true man of God. Much of popular contemporary Christian music is filled with bad theology. You will not find anything of the sort here. Ron's theology is as carefully crafted as his songs.
If you love good music you will not be disappointed on any level - whether you are a Christian or not.
Excellent Christian Music !  Apr 5, 2006
This album is expertly crafted. Not only is the musicianship extremely good, but the lyrics are much better than many other christian songs out there. Even though I wasn't a big fan of bluegrass music before, I am now.
An understated musician makes a valiant first effort...  Feb 25, 2006
Union Station has had some ups and downs, but each member has proven their abilities are beyond the average pickers and grinners. Alison is the velvet voice and violin prodigy, Dan is the Soggy Bottom Boy, Jerry is the Dobro Wizard, Barry is the good-looking bass player, and Ron is that guy on the end that plays the banjo.

What Ron actually is, is a guitar and banjo virtuoso. He doesn't have a superstar's voice, or a superstar's looks. What he does have is a strong faith in Christ, and a gift for writing bluegrass gospel music. He takes that faith to a new level in this, his first release. I enjoyed it, and I look forward to more of his work.

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