Rob Ickes has a history of variety in the solo projects he records outside of his commitment with Blue Highway. Some have ben instrumental albums, others involve vocalists. A couple have explored jazz rhythms and harmony, while others stick closer to traditional string music.
The next one up will be a duo project with country/bluegrass singer Trey Hensley.
Though still a young man, Hensley has generated his share of buzz in the industry. Marty Stuart has championed the singer, calling him a “bona fide hillbilly rock star.” Trey also appeared on Blue Highway’s current CD, The Game, singing lead on My Last Day In The Mine, and showing that his bluegrass roots run as deep as his country ones.
Ickes tells us that their as-yet unnamed album is recorded and mixed, and should be released some time this summer.
We recorded in Nashville, totally live, no overdubs. All of us recorded in one room. Lots of fun…
Trey is one of the most talented folks I’ve ever worked with. He’s only 23 years old, and he has performed with some of the best in country and bluegrass music including: Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, and Steve Wariner.
I’m looking forward to getting this project out and getting folks to hear this great new talent.”
Rob and Trey did a couple of shows together in New York city earlier this month, and hope to do more as the album releases draws near.