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Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

About Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

While Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley were sure that their musical partnership was the right move at the right time, it was still welcome news when their debut Compass Records project, Before The Sun Goes Down, earned a nomination for the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY. The pair build on the first one’s strengths to take their unique musical conversation to an even higher level.

Ickes remarks on said partnership, “Our gigs in town have acted as a workshop—you can try something new during a show at the Station Inn and work it out right there.  So when we got into the studio, we just blasted through, doing a few takes of each song, without stopping for anyone to fix anything.  And then Trey and I went through the takes to make our choices.”

That organic approach served well as recording sessions with regulars Mike Bub (bass) and John Alvey (drums) and a select handful of instrumental and vocal guests that included the likes of Vince Gill and Carl Jackson were sandwiched between long stints on the road as a duo. “This guy is so versatile,” Ickes says of Hensley, “that we can do just about anything.  The bluegrass stuff can sound really straight ahead, but then we can do something in the vein of the Allman Brothers, and that’ll sound authentic, too.  —I haven’t found anything he can’t do.” There’s no doubt that it’s Ickes and Hensley who are front and center on The Country Blues—and that’s just how it should be. After all, when something’s meant to be, the best thing to do is to get out of the way and let it go.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“Call it Americana, call it country… Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley provide evidence that nothing matters more than the music.”
– Country Standard Time

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

About Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

With chops so hot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time, with a third nomination in 2017. Their critically acclaimed album Cold Spell earned a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, yet the accolades don’t end there.  Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a progressive bluegrass stew of infinite instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills soon to be featured once again on their new album If You Can’t Stand the Heat.  Since leaving the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Their respect and deep understanding of the tradition collides, live on stage, with jazz virtuosity creating an unforgettable, compelling performance.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“[Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen] packs dazzling solos into dizzyingly small spaces, funneling bluegrass’s love of dexterity into pop’s love of brevity.”
– Indy Week