Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley collaborated to make their first album a Grammy-nominated gem featuring some of the most relevant and critically acclaimed music heard today.
Ickes and Hensley take the stage of the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at 7 p.m. on June 11. The performance kicks off Northeast State’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series held at the College’s WRCPA Theater on the Blountville campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The duo’s album Before The Sun Goes Down was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album of the 2016 Grammy Awards. The album was recorded mostly live with minimal overdubs, few takes, and with all the musicians in one room in only a few days of studio time. Ickes, the driving force behind the album said that his favorite albums were made in the same manner.
With the July 8th release date of their newest project, The Country Blues, the pair builds on the first one’s strengths to take their unique musical conversation to an even higher level. The 11-track album is being released on Compass Records.
Raised in Jonesborough, Hensley began playing guitar and singing when he was 10 years old. He first stepped into the Grand Ole Opry’s spotlight in 2002, performing on the hallowed Ryman Auditorium stage. Hensley has already in his young life played with Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, even before that he appeared onstage at the fabled Carter Fold in Hiltons, Va. His own style of picking – whether on his Telecaster or acoustic guitar – bears the influence of some of his guitar heroes from country legends Buck Owens and Ricky Skaggs to bluegrass royalty Doc Watson and Tony Rice.
Ickes has been playing bluegrass with his much-decorated band Blue Highway for over twenty years, during which time he has been adjudged Bluegrass Dobro Player Of the year fifteen times. He has played countless sessions, recording with artists such as Merle Haggard, Dierks Bentley, Patty Loveless, and Alison Krauss. His most recent album Three Bells brings him together with fellow dobro masters Jerry Douglas and the late Mike Auldridge.
For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or e-mail jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.