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Rob Ickes And Trey Hensley Announce New Album With New Single “Living In A Song”

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Rob Ickes And Trey Hensley Announce New Album With New Single “Living In A Song”

Full-length album Living In A Song due out February 10th via Compass Records

December 8, 2022 – Nashville, TN – American roots music has seen its fair share of beloved duos over the years—from The Monroe Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs to modern-day pairs like Milk Carton Kids and The War and Treaty—but few leave audiences as amazed as Grammy Award nominees Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley. Built on the interplay of Ickes’s Dobro and Hensley’s six-string guitar, the only thing outshining the virtuosity of this group’s instrumental performances is their singing and songwriting prowess. On February 10th, Ickes and Hensley are set to release a whole new full-length album via Compass Records, Living In A Song. Featuring ten original tunes plus two timeless covers, and focusing on a classic country sound as heard in contemporaries like Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, and Jason Isbell, Living In A Song is a love letter to a bygone Nashville and an in-depth look at the wonderful interplay between two masters of their craft. 

Today, Ickes and Hensley shared a sneak peek of Living In A Song, the album’s title track which grew out of their experiences as touring musicians. According to Hensley, the song practically wrote itself after a long day on the road driving through Ohio. When Hensley digs into the lyrics there is no question that he has lived the story he is telling, lifted up even further when Ickes’ tenor harmony enters the chorus. 

Fans can check out “Living In A Song” today at this link and pre-order or pre-save Living In A Song ahead of its February 10th release right here. Rob and Trey will next take the stage on December 30th in Asheville, North Carolina, with their friends Leftover Salmon. A full list of tour dates can be found below or at robandtrey.com/#shows.

More About Living In A Song: Rob and Trey re-enlisted Grammy-winning producer Brent Maher (The Judds, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson) for the project (they worked together on Rob and Trey’s previous album release, World Full Of Blues). The three-man team wrote several songs together for this project. Additionally, Rob and Trey teamed with other award-winning songwriters to collaborate, which resulted in over 40 songs to choose from when it came time to record. Ickes and Hensley made a conscious decision to focus on their songwriting craft and lean the music in a classic country direction, with some elements of Americana and bluegrass thrown in for good measure. The results of their collaboration show the depth of their musicianship and are nothing short of stellar. 

“Deeper Than A Dirt Road” is a radio-friendly, feel-good paean to rural living, evoking life in the tiny East Tennessee town where Hensley was raised. And the duo’s rendition of “Way Downtown” draws its inspiration from Doc Watson’s version recorded 50 years ago on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken album, giving the duo a chance to trade some tasty licks with fiddle virtuoso Stuart Duncan. While a lot of Living In A Song focuses on acoustic instruments, “Moonshine Run” finds Rob and Trey ripping on lap steel and electric guitar in addition to their signature un-amplified instruments. “I had this song pieced together for a few years,” remembers Hensley. “I grew up near a river bridge and had always heard stories from the ‘other side of the bridge.’ It seemed to be a divider for the town I grew up in.” The song’s lyrics put it more bluntly: “That river’s bridge cuts the town in two / Between the common day sinners and the chosen few.” The song that began as Hensley’s collection of stories was finished with Ickes and prolific songwriter Thomm Jutz. The unison vocal and guitar lick that closes out each chorus bring the duo as close to classic rock as they may have ever been. “Hear me roarin’ down the valley on a moonshine run.” 

Life’s challenges play a key role in the inspiration for Living In A Song. “Is the World Still Turning” was the first song written for the project and is a gorgeous broken-hearted love song inspired by the historically unprecedented shutdown at the beginning of the pandemic. “I Thought I Saw a Carpenter” is another heartfelt ballad, inspired by Ickes’ father’s words as he lay dying from cancer; the emotion that Ickes captures in his Dobro solo is as poignant as any vocal. The album closes with “Thanks,” a track reminiscent of early Johnny Cash. Hensley wrote words to the melody penned by his friend Lyle Brewer and once he started working on it found that the song arrived quickly, giving him the opportunity to reflect on his love for his family as he put pen to paper. The demo version of the track had such a great feel that it ended up being the master, with producer Maher playing “percussion” on the back of an old Gretsch guitar. 

Living In A Song Tracklist:

Living In A Song

Deeper Than A Dirt Road

Backstreets Off Broadway

Way Downtown

I’ve Given All That I Can Take

Moonshine Run

Just Because

I’m Working On A Building

Is The World Still Turning

Louisiana Woman

I Thought I Saw A Carpenter


Catch Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley On Tour (more dates to be announced soon): 

Dec. 30 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station*

Jan. 23 – Lexington, KY – Michael Johnathan’s WoodSongs at Lyric Theatre^

Feb. 10 – Johnson City, TN – The Down Home

Feb. 16 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s

Feb. 17 – Cartersville, GA – The Booth Museum’s Boots & Saddles Pre-Gala Party 

Feb. 18 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic

Feb. 22 – Washington, DC – City Winery

Feb. 23 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery

Feb. 26 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall Lounge

Feb. 27 – New York, NY – City Winery

March 24 – Raleigh, NC – Private Event

March 31 – Phoenix, AZ – MIM:  Musical Instrument Museum

April 1 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Folk Festival

May 11 – Athens, AL – Fiddlers Concert Series

October 14 – Williamsburg, KY – River Stomp Bluegrass Festival

*with Leftover Salmon

^with Jason Carter

For all dates and ticket information, please visit robandtrey.com/#shows.

More About Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley: Their brand new album Living In A Song clearly illustrates the breadth of the musical vision of Grammy Award nominees Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley 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, a three-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year nominee, has been called “Nashville’s hottest young player” by Acoustic Guitar magazine and his soulful baritone vocals have received widespread 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, Peter Frampton, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Ickes is a 15-time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Dobro Player of the Year (the most awarded player in IBMA history) and Hensley is a Tennessee-born guitar prodigy 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.

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—and many more. Their discography as a duo includes World Full Of Blues (Compass Records 2019), The Country Blues (Compass Records, 2016), and the Grammy-nominated Before The Sun Goes Down (Compass Records, 2015).