Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Grammy-nominated duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley have been wowing audiences worldwide with high-octane live performances of their one-of-a-kind bluegrass/country/rock/blues-flavored Americana music. Ickes is a 15-time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year who is also a gifted songwriter and singer/songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Hensley, who has been called “Nashville’s hottest young player” by Acoustic Guitar magazine. Marty Stuart has said of the talented partnership: “It’s comforting to know that the real deal still exists.” Guitar Player magazine described it as “dual lightning strikes in a bottle.” Following their Grammy-nominated debut album released in 2015 and their acclaimed follow-up in 2016 on Compass Records, the duo will release their third record — produced by six-time Grammy Award-winning producer, engineer and songwriter Brent Maher — late this summer.
Ickes and Hensley have shared the stage as a duo with influential mandolin master David Grisman, Australia’s fleet finger picking guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, and legendary American blues, folk, and rock guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) — all admirers of the duo. Ickes and Hensley will be part of Hot Tuna's 50th Anniversary tour this summer, including a show at Bluegrass Underground, along with performances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, AmericanaFest, the Grand Ole Opry and more. Ickes’ fluid, lyrical, yet stinging style has graced the recordings and concerts of artists such as Earl Scruggs, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, The Cox Family, Tony Rice, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, and even David Lee Roth. Ickes was a founding member of the critically acclaimed bluegrass “super group” Blue Highway for 21 years. At just 11 years old, Hensley was invited by Marty Stuart to join Marty and Earl Scruggs on stage to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Hensley has since played onstage or opened for Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Steve Wariner, and Peter Frampton, among many others.
Ickes and Hensley were key players on Original, the recent highly-lauded Compass Records album by bluegrass giant Bobby Osborne. Their participation garnered a Recorded Event Of The Year Award at the 2017 IBMA Awards for Osborne’s version of “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” on the GRAMMY®-nominated album. Ickes and Hensley also were on the 2016 Recorded Event Of The Year IBMA Award winner, “Fireball,” featuring Special Consensus, in 2016.