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Ickes, Hensley team up again

Thursday, June 2, 2016 – If at first you succeed, try again. As a result of a well-received first album, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will be back with "The Country Blues" in July.

The Dobro ace and singer debuted with "Before The Sun Goes Down,' earning a nomination for the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. The new disc drops July 8 on Compass.

Songs include Hank Williams' "May You Never Be Alone," Sonny Boy Williamson blues shouter, "One Way Out," Merle Haggard's "I Won't Give Up My Train" and their own "Everywhere I Go is a Long Way From Home."

Mike Bub (bass) and John Alvey (drums) and guests Ron Block, Vince Gill, Aubrey Haynie, Carl Jackson, Shawn Lane, Andy Leftwich, Robinella and John Randall Stewart played on the disc.

Songs on the CD are:
1. Ballad Of A Well Known Gun
2. Everywhere I Go is a Long Way from Home
3. That's What Leaving's For
4. Pray Enough
5. Leave My Woman Alone
6. I Won't GIve Up My Train
7. Biscuits and Gravy
8. Friend Of The Devil
9. May You Never Be Alone
10. Willie Jones
11. One Way Out

Tour dates are:
June 2 - Quinlan Cafe, Denver, CO
June 3 - Vaudeville Theatre, Glenwood Springs, CO
June 5 - Folk and Bluegrass Fest., Pagosa Springs, CO
June 9 - The Station Inn, Nashville, TN
June 11 - Wellmont Reginal Center for the Performing Arts Bluntville, TN
June 16 - Mountains of Music, Glade Springs, VA
June 18 - Americana Stage Valdese, NC
June 19 - The Rooster's Wife, Aberdeen, NC
July 7 - Boulevard Music, Culver City, CA
July 9 - Sebastopol Comm. Center, Sebastopol, CA
July 14 - The Station Inn, Nashville, TN
July 15 - MusicFest 'N Sugar Grove, Sugar Grove, NC
July 17 - Music on Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ
July 20 - Opera House, Boothbay Harbor, ME
July 23 - Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Lockbourne, OH
July 30 - The Founder's Room, Alma, AR
Aug. 5 - Bluegrass Fest., La Roche sur Foron, France
Aug. 13 - Waldhutte Stetten, Stetten, Switzerland
Aug. 25-26 - Tonder Folk Festival, Tonder, Denmark
Aug. 27-28 - Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Waterford Ireland
Sept. 10 - The Soda Foundation Steelville, MO
Sept. 17 - Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN
Nov. 4 - Manhattan Arts Center Manhattan, KS

CD reviews for Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

The Country Blues CD review - The Country Blues
Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley go for the heart of the matter in "The Country Blues," their sophomore effort. The release offers gritty country-tinged songs, which place the talents of the two men on fine display. The duo is a combination of a grizzled bluegrass veteran (Ickes) and a relative young gun (Hensley). Ickes has fronted Blue Highway for many years and is one of a handful of top-ranked Dobro players in the music business. Hensley is a fresher entry (although he played on the »»»
Before the Sun Goes Down CD review - Before the Sun Goes Down
The first great album of 2015 has arrived, and it comes from a duo comprising a bluegrass master and an up-and-coming county vocalist. Dobro innovator Rob Ickes - 15 time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year and mainstay in Blue Highway, one of bluegrass music's venerable outfits - has paired his talents with the powerful voice of Trey Hensley, a relative unknown commodity who first came to notice when he appeared as a guest vocalist on Blue Highway's album of last year, "The Game. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: LSD tour provides a lot of highs – This was not your grandkids' country, that's for sure. Even the name of the tour - the LSD Tour - was a throwback (albeit far before the principals were making music). But make no mistake about it. With the ever cool country traditionalist Dwight Yoakam, the country with some rock and blues and rabble rousing of Steve Earle thrown in and the... »»»
Concert Review: Alvin, Gilmore fortunately get together – Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had known each other for decades, but it wasn't until last year that they toured together in a guitar pull setting. What started as a small Texas tour mushroomed into points east and west and eventually the release earlier this month of their blues-based disc, "Downey to Lubbock." And now we have the... »»»
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