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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: AKUS' version of Dust Bowl Children


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ALT - Posted - 04/17/2011:  18:32:24



Just listen to Ron Block on this cut from their new "Paper Airplane"  CD.  Not real fancy, but solid as a rock, and so well played!  What'cha think?



youtube.com/watch?v=QDLGaoPmFIk


kdstag - Posted - 04/17/2011:  18:52:50



Absolutely !!


Big I - Posted - 04/17/2011:  19:05:29



IMO there is no other player that sounds like Ron Block. Nobody bends them like he does.


CAPT Steve - Posted - 04/18/2011:  21:57:16



After listening to Ron for years, I sure don't understand why he doesn't get more respect from IMBA.  Like Big I said, he's certainly created a banjo sound that is pretty uniquely his, yet I don't see him being recognized by his peers.  Course, with what I've heard and read from Ron, it may or may not even be that important to him.  Still, you like to see a class act recognized as one.


snapjackson - Posted - 04/19/2011:  17:28:40



This is my favorite track on the album.



 


Ks_5-picker - Posted - 04/19/2011:  18:30:34



I think it has something to do with the fact that he plays banjo on less than half of the bands recordings.Even on his own recordings,it's about 1/3 of them that have banjo in them.Not that it isn't great music,I think it is,but that's probably the answer to your question. 


quote:


Originally posted by CAPT Steve




After listening to Ron for years, I sure don't understand why he doesn't get more respect from IMBA.  Like Big I said, he's certainly created a banjo sound that is pretty uniquely his, yet I don't see him being recognized by his peers.  Course, with what I've heard and read from Ron, it may or may not even be that important to him.  Still, you like to see a class act recognized as one.






 


chief3 - Posted - 04/20/2011:  07:10:10



I could be wrong but it sounds like Ron is in D tuning (5th string C) capoed at the 5th fret.  He has lots of those G and D drone notes going that gives him great tone.  FWIW Dan is in drop D tuning capoed at the 5th I believe.


John Allison - Posted - 04/20/2011:  08:06:06



I think it is great that AKUS is functioning as a band once again.  Yes, Ron is a highly skilled and innovative banjo player:  but, he is a team player as well and in that, possibly, lies the answer (IMHO) to his lack of banjo playing recognition as pointed out above.  He is not only a skilled banjo player but also a skilled guitar player picking up the best instrument to add the most to the song being played.  I saw AKUS within the last two weeks on Jay Leno and Ellen Degeneris (SP????) and he played the guitar on both shows.  It was also noted that Dan Tyminski played the mandolin on both shows. 


wb4yal - Posted - 04/20/2011:  10:17:59



I too am happy AKUS are together again!



That is one great album.


jbrookeiii - Posted - 04/23/2011:  07:36:37



We saw Ron in Atlanta recently.  He was playing banjo with Sierra Hull.  They opened for the Steep Canyon Rangers.  We chatted with him in the lobby at the Variety Playhouse at the merch table.  He is one fine fellow and shared that he really does love the banjo more each day he plays it.



We won't get to talk to him in August when AKUS is back in Atlanta, but will get to hear the instrument.


ALT - Posted - 04/23/2011:  16:32:00



'Just caught this on YouTube.  See'em play it  live.



youtube.com/watch?v=z3rrToim1C...e=related


Norand - Posted - 05/03/2011:  11:54:44



Ron is one of my absolute favorite banjo players - if not #1. This song really showcases his precision and the wonderful tone of that Huber!



 


banjobub - Posted - 05/03/2011:  12:19:16



,, I did read somewhere last year that Ron said this album was not a banjo based album,, and thats for sure, I really think that AKUS should have picked more banjo/dobro tunes than that they picked, as this Is a AKUS and not an alison krause cd,, however I also really like Rons guitar playing so the more I listen to this album the more I like it 


banjobub - Posted - 05/03/2011:  12:20:35



,, I did read somewhere last year that Ron said this album was not a banjo based album,, and thats for sure, I really think that AKUS should have picked more banjo/dobro tunes than that they picked, as this Is a AKUS and not an alison krause cd,, however I also really like Rons guitar playing so the more I listen to this album the more I like it 


PickandRoll - Posted - 05/06/2011:  07:57:24



 


"A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn't."

 Mark Twain 


 


 


By Mr. Twain's definition, Ron Block may be the only gentleman left in the world!

Andy McC - Posted - 05/06/2011:  13:41:27



I know its Walmart but still



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Goldstarman - Posted - 05/06/2011:  14:24:31



One of the best banjos players and people in the buisness I think.


JamesRiverBlues - Posted - 05/27/2011:  05:56:52



Does anyone have any idea of how to play the banjo part to Dust Bowl Children? Such a great song, I'd love to learn it. Even if it was just working it out from chords.


o2playlikeEarl - Posted - 05/27/2011:  06:33:05



The syncopation and timing this band has is just extraordinary.  They never cease to impress!!!!!!!   


o2playlikeEarl - Posted - 05/27/2011:  06:35:40



I thought I read recently he actually plays a Gibson pre-war and has a few? 


 


quote:


Originally posted by Norand




Ron is one of my absolute favorite banjo players - if not #1. This song really showcases his precision and the wonderful tone of that Huber!



 






 


gradelyduck - Posted - 05/27/2011:  12:36:06



In the youtube vid it looks like the same Huber Ron plays on his "A fresh Look at Bluegrass" dvd tutorial. It has an incredible tone and projection.



 



Edited by - gradelyduck on 05/27/2011 12:38:17

Beards and Banjos - Posted - 06/01/2011:  07:35:34



This and Choctaw hayride have gone straight into my favourites list. Can't say I am a fan of everything they do but by the Lord Harry when they are good they are good. 



it's just one more thing I owe the hangout for turning me on to this one.



Edited by - Beards and Banjos on 06/01/2011 07:36:12

Richard Dress - Posted - 06/01/2011:  09:17:23



ALT: What'cha think?



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There is another thread going on now about Bela/Pat Cloud.  This Ron Block example shows the other side of that coin: a simple forward roll in open modal G can sound as good or even better than another banjoist swooping all the way up and down the fingerboard with fancy licks.  A diplomatic person might say it's really more a matter of taste than it is of dexterity, but I think it is a matter of musicality.



If you like that kind of picking (ALT's example) you might also like Ralph Stanley, or even the Stanley Brothers.  The groove side of bluegrass, if you will.



If you want to try to pick along with Ron, just keep repeating the "Clinch Mountain Backstep" phrase where it works it's way from the 2nd string to the 3rd string and back.


Big I - Posted - 06/03/2011:  03:55:09



I just posted a video on how I'm playing this song. I'm not sure if I'm playing it exactly right but I think I'm close atleast. 


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