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Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley + Songbirds Foundation: Benefit Show & Auction


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GRAMMY-nominated duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will be playing a benefit show for Songbirds Foundation’s “Guitars for Kids” program on Friday, November 1 at Songbirds North in Chattanooga, TN. For every $100 raised, the Songbirds Foundation can buy a kid a guitar and provide them with 10 weeks of free lessons and music therapy. The Foundation currently provides lessons and instruments to over 1000 kids across eastern Tennessee.

The event will start at 6:00 p.m. with a small silent auction and music will start at 7:00 p.m.

The Songbirds Foundation (501(c)3 not-for-profit organization) strives to share the transformative experience of music with the Chattanooga area by delivering educational programming, preserving music history, hosting enriching events, and providing concrete resources to emerging artists. For more info, please visit

About Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley:

"Dual lightning strikes in a bottle.”  

- Guitar Player

"Magnificent show...I've always admired (Rob's) technical mastery of the Dobro that was always deeply marinated with soul. Getting to know Trey both musically and personally was equally a treat! This gentlemen's guitar playing is stratospheric to say the least!...I love these guys!”  

- Jorma Kaukoken

“If you love the sound of white-knuckle flat picking and barking squareneck resonator, you’ll flip over World Full of Blues, the third album by Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley…Ickes is a lap-slide monster with a silvery, singing tone and impeccable intonation. Drawing on such giants as Doc Watson, Clarence White, Tony Rice, David Grier, and Bryan Sutton, Hensley plays flattop with the ferocity of a hangry junkyard dog.”  

- Premier Guitar

"It’s comforting to know that the real deal still exists.”  

- Marty Stuart  

Take a 15-time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Dobro Player of the year and a Tennessee guitar prodigy who made his Opry debut at the age of 11 and you have Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, a GRAMMY-nominated powerhouse acoustic duo that has blown minds in the acoustic music scene. 

Known for their white-hot picking and high-lonesome vocals, Ickes and Hensley meld together blues, bluegrass, country rock and other string band music of all kinds to form a signature blend of music that defies restrictions of genre. 

Ickes co-founded the group Blue Highway and has been a sought-after Nashville session player and live performing musician for decades, with credits to his name such as Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and Alison Krauss.  Hensley has been called “Nashville’s hottest young player” by Acoustic Guitar magazine and his soulful baritone vocals have received acclaim as well. Influenced by repertoires as diverse as The Allman Brothers Band, Ray Charles, Merle Haggard and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hensley has shared stages with artists such as Johnny Cash, Steve Wariner, and Peter Frampton.  As a duo, Ickes and Hensley have shared the stage and collaborated with Tommy Emmanuel, Taj Mahal, David Grisman, and Jorma Kaukonen & Hot Tuna — all enthusiastic admirers of the duo — as well as Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi All Stars, Molly Tuttle, Jason Eady, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and many more.

Ickes and Hensley have gained some added grit and a nod to the roots side of Americana aided by GRAMMY-winning producer Brent Maher on the duo’s third Compass Records album, WORLD FULL OF BLUES, available Oct. 4, 2019. Blues great Taj Mahal provides his unmistakable mojo to the title track and country music legend Vince Gill guests on an inspired rendition of cover of the Grateful Dead’s moonshiner song, “Brown-Eyed Women.” The project, which includes a range of songs that could be on a vintage Sun Records recording to Trey’s more traditional country originals, concludes with a smoking hot rendition of blues/rock guitarist Robben Ford’s “Rugged Road.”

Ickes and Hensley have performed in places as close to home as Nashville’s world famous Station Inn and as far away as Denmark’s Tonder Festival. They’ve played many prestigious music festivals, including Telluride Bluegrass, ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, AmericanaFest, Rockygrass, ROMP, Wintergrass, Bluegrass Underground, Vancouver Island Music Festival, Guitar Town, Sisters Folk Festival and the Freshgrass Festival. They will perform at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival with Buddy Miller in Oct. 2019 and set sail from Miami to St. Croix and Antigua on the Cayamo cruise alongside Brian Wilson, Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell and more Feb. 2020. 

The duo were key players on “Original,” the recent highly lauded Compass album by bluegrass giant Bobby Osborne; their participation garnered a Recorded Event Of The Year Award for Bobby’s version of “Got To Get A Message To You” on that album at this year’s IBMA Awards; they also were on the 2016 Recorded Event winner, ”Fireball,” featuring Special Consensus, in 2016. 

The super-pickers from California and Tennessee continue to leave their singular–and ever growing—footprint on the world of traditional music of America. Of their collaboration, Rob has said this: “It works in so many different ways…Trey and I have always clicked, and when he and I know what’s going on, everyone else just grabs on—and that’s kind of the fun of the gig; it’s constantly changing.” Whether they’re appearing as a duo, with a bass, or with bass, drums, and fiddle, they never fail to kick up some musical dust. The excitement at their gigs is palpable, it is contagious, and it is constant. Their sets tend to be a heady mix of the familiar and beloved and the new and unexpected. Trey’s list of powerful original songs has grown quickly since the two started working together, and Rob invariably plays several sparkling instrumentals, both on dobro and lap steel, new and old. He is also on record as saying that one of his great satisfactions as a dobro player is accompanying a great vocalist, something the partnership allows him every night.

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