Banjo player Ron Block devoted more than a dozen years to Alison Krauss & Union Station and other groups before branching out to record Faraway Land, a solo album of gospel music that was released by Rounder Records in 2001. He previously spent about four years during the late '80s with the group Weary Hearts, of which he was a founding member, and a bit of time early the following decade with the Lynn Morris Band. With Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1991, when he stepped in to take over for Alison Brown, Block provided enduring and lovely songs for the outfit's albums, and they are frequently concerned with the topic of faith. Among the other artists who have recorded Block's songs are Michael W. Smith, Randy Travis, Rhonda Vincent, the Forbes Family, fellow Union Station member Dan Tyminski, and the Cox Family. Block has lent his talents to recordings by Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Clint Black, Susan Ashton, Brad Paisley, Billy Dean, and Bill Frisell, among others. In addition to his songwriting and playing, Block has also worked as a producer on the bluegrass-gospel In the Shadow of Your Wings, recorded by the Forbes Family. The list of artists who contributed to Block's debut reads like a high-caliber who's-who, and includes Alison Krauss & Union Station, Chris Thile and his Nickel Creek partners, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, and the Forbes Family.