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Ron Block & Jeff Taylor – ‘Trouble Go Down’ album review
4 Overall Score

Label:

Self-released

For Fans Of:

T Bone Burnett, Alison Krauss + Union Station, The Time Jumpers

We Like:

“Come Away With Me”

Ron Block & Jeff Taylor – ‘Trouble Go Down’ album review

Ron Block, Jeff Taylor, CCM Magazine - image

Between Ron Block’s record-breaking run with Alison Krauss + Union Station and Jeff Taylor’s work in the super group The Time Jumpers (featuring Vince Gill), there’s been a groundswell of anticipation leading up to their debut collaboration. On the resulting Trouble Go Down, the pair of co-vocalists/multi-instrumentalists clearly live up to their pedigree, mixing present-tense acoustic originals, “new hymns with old souls” and cracking open their hymnals for reinterpretations from the 1800s. Though bluegrass, folk and gospel are at the core of this collection, the proceedings also get pretty eclectic with retro guitars, whistles, a bouzouki and a bodhran. The duo even calls on several of their familiar friends for vocal contributions (Ellie Holcomb, Suzanne Cox, plus a periodic backing cast of all-star indie artists), all bonus assets within an already masterful body of work.

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Andy Argyrakis
Contributing Editor

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).