Ron Block in the studio

Ron Block in the studio recording with Alison Krauss & Union StationAlison Krauss & Union Station got started on their next studio recording this past weekend, tracking at Sound Emporium in Nashville.

Steve Huber visited the studio on Monday (8/3) to tweak a couple of banjos for Ron Block, and sent us a few photos. Ron plays a signature model Huber Banjo, and Steve had recently installed a prototype of his new HR-30 tone ring in two of Ron’s banjos. Huber was on hand Monday to help dial them in before the tracking got underway.

Talk about service!

Steve tells us that Ron expects to have prominent banjo on four or five of the tracks, and an understated banjo part on one other. He wasn’t able to hear any of the recording, but says that Ron suggested to him that the material was different from the sort of songs they have recorded in the past. They also plan to record differently this time, sticking to a more rigid schedule than they have for recent previous projects.

The CD will be released on Rounder, probably in early 2010.

Ron Block and Steve Huber at Sound Emporium Steve Huber tweaking Ron Blocks banjo at Sound Emporium Ron Block checking tones at Sound Emporium before tracking with Alison Krauss & Union Station

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