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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:31

Dobro legend to play Asheville

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Bluegrass act Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville.

Fifteen-time “Dobro Player of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Ickes was a founding member of Blue Highway, a group as innovative to the genre as they were successful.

“Well, the slide is pretty special. It allows a very vocal, soulful sound to happen,” Ickes told The Smoky Mountain News last summer about his dobro. “It’s all I’ve ever played, so it always made sense to me, but playing with a slide makes it quite different from most instruments. I think it’s the versatility that I enjoy. The dobro can work well in lots of different styles. I also love backing up a great singer. There is a conversation that happens — [and] it’s pretty deep.”

After departing Blue Highway in 2015, Ickes has been crisscrossing the country with singer/guitarist Trey Hensley. The duo’s album, “Before the Sun Goes Down, earned them a 2016 Grammy nomination for “Best Bluegrass Album.”

Where Ickes’ instrument bears the fingerprints of collaborations with Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss and Patty Loveless (to name a few), Hensley’s performance background is a redwood forest of giants (Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Johnny & June Carter Cash, Ricky Skaggs, etc.)

And yet, accolades aside, what remains between the two highly-acclaimed musicians is a sense of not only passion and pride in their work, but also of musical history and honoring the past in their tone.

Tickets for the performance are $15 per person. To purchase tickets, click on www.isisasheville.com or call 828.575.2727.

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