We would like to congratulate Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley for their nomination in Best Bluegrass Album for Before The Sun Goes Down on Compass Records. We would also like to congratulate The Fairfield Four for their nomination in Best Roots Gospel Album with Still Rockin’ My Soul on Fairfield Four Records. Best of luck to you all!
The Fairfield Four Still Rockin' My Soul
The songs collected on Still Rockin’ My Soul are all part and parcel of the traditional Fairfield Four canon. The a Capella singing style of The Fairfield Four – intertwined voices rhythmically pulsating in harmony, anchored by a deep bass with lead vocal over top – is rooted in the hazy past before the era of recorded sound. Each new member – Levert Allison, Larrice Byrd, Sr., Bobbye Sherrell and Joe Thompson – have ties to both the Nashville gospel tradition and the enduring heritage of The Fairfield Four. Joining The Fairfield Four on this album is Lee Ann Womack, described by Larrice Byrd, Sr. as a “humble sweet spirit with a golden voice.” Still Rockin’ My Soul exemplifies in the most convincing way that the human voice is the best of musical instruments.
Rob Ickes & Trey HensleyBefore The Sun Goes Down
This unique collaborative effort between two uniquely gifted musicians—Rob Ickes is a longtime, well-established instrumental giant, and Trey Hensley is newly arrived in Music City, bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist—is a revelation to traditional music fans on several counts.
Until recently, Rob Ickes had been playing bluegrass with the much decorated band, Blue Highway, for over twenty years, during which time he has been adjudged Bluegrass Dobro Player of the Year an astounding fifteen times. He has also helped form a jazz-oriented trio, Three Ring Circle, along with Andy Leftwich and Dave Pomeroy. Throughout the years, Rob has played on countless sessions, recording with artists as diverse as Merle Haggard, Dierks Bentley, Patty Loveless, and Alison Krauss.
Trey Hensley is a young man poised on the edge of an incredibly bright future - from his powerful yet sympathetic vocal interpretations of traditional and new material, his jaw dropping instrumental skills on both acoustic and electric guitar, and his own considerable songwriting talents, he is bursting at the seams with freshness and musical excitement. Trey has also in his young life already played with Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Janie Fricke.