Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

The Parlor Room (32 Masonic St, Northampton, MA 01060)

Photo By Lynne Graves
Entertainment + Music
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley: The Living In A Song Tour Live at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, celebrating the release of their new Compass Records album, LIVING IN A SONG. LIVING IN A SONG (pre-order now at clearly illustrates the breadth of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley’s musical vision and their depth as practitioners of their craft. It’s no wonder that between them they are two of the most sought-after musicians in Nashville. Ickes co-founded the highly influential bluegrass group Blue Highway and has been an A-team Nashville session player and performing musician for decades, with credits including 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 notice 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. Ickes is a 15-time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Dobro Player of the Year and Tennessee-born guitar prodigy Hensley is a three-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year nominee who made his Grand Ole Opry debut with Marty Stuart and Earl Scruggs at the age of 11. Together they shatter all expectations for their respective instruments. Ickes and Hensley are equally accomplished vocalists as well, with Hensley’s voice a rich baritone that evokes Merle Haggard one minute and George Jones the next. NPR has called Ickes and Hensley "two musical phenoms"; Vintage Guitar raved they're an "acoustic firestorm" who "are changing the rules"; Acoustic Guitar describes their sound as "steel-string bluegrass with all the intensity of rock 'n' roll" and No Depression observed they're "two of the finest musicians playing today." Among notable side projects, Ickes and Hensley teamed with guitar master Tommy Emmanuel for a very special EP, Tommy Emmanuel - ACCOMPLICE SERIES VOL. I WITH ROB ICKES AND TREY HENSLEY (released May 7, 2021 via Emmanuel's label, CGP Sounds) to critical acclaim. The three high-powered guitar virtuosos performed together on the Grand Ole Opry and from famed Nashville venue 3rd & Lindsley via worldwide broadcasts to celebrate the release of the project and have toured extensively together. Ickes and Hensley have also recorded several songs with the legendary Taj Mahal, and Taj invited them to go on tour and be part of his first-ever Taj Mahal Sextet, which did a lengthy tour in 2022 as well as a very special performance at AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tennessee and The Church Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a duo, Ickes and Hensley have shared the stage and collaborated with Tommy Emmanuel, Taj Mahal, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, David Grisman, and Jorma Kaukonen & Hot Tuna—all enthusiastic admirers of the duo. Their discography as a duo includes WORLD FULL OF BLUES (Compass Records, 2019), THE COUNTRY BLUES (Compass Records, 2016), and the Grammy Award-nominated BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN (Compass Records, 2015). For more information on Rob & Trey, visit: