Though billed as Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Krauss casts a formidable figure over country and roots music, all concerned still consider them a group rather than a vehicle for one person.
“Everyone plays to the band and for the band when we’re playing together,” explains guitarist and banjo player Ron Block. “A band is all about teamwork and having a purpose and a common vision — to put the songs across in the best way.
“So everybody in the band plays to that sort of common purpose. We are a unit when we’re playing together.”
That said, Union Station also comprises individual talents — including Krauss, whose solo work was recently compiled in “A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection”; active solo artist Jerry Douglas; Dan Tyminski, who provided George Clooney’s singing voice in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”; and Block himself, who released his second solo album, “DoorWay,” in June.
But, true to form, the Christianthemed “DoorWay” also features guest appearances by all of Block’s Union Station mates.
“I’m thrilled to have these guys and be playing in a band with them and have them be available to play on my record,” says Block, who turns 43 on Monday. “They’re some of the best musicians in acoustic or any form of music. They make what I do even better, so I always jump at the chance to use them.”
Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas perform 8 p.m. Tuesday (July 31st) at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave. Detroit. Tickets are $39.50-$49.50. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment. com.