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A Bluegrass Showcase with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Sisters Folk Festival is partnering with Preston Thompson Guitars (PTG) to present a phenomenal show with two dynamic bands, and two fantastic guitar players. Trey Hensley and Chris Luquette (both PTG sponsored artists), will open the show with a short performance and demonstration of select Thompson guitars, sharing the differences and approach to each instrument. Then both bands will perform full sets and jam together to close out the evening.
Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley embody a unique collaborative effort between gifted musicians. Rob Ickes, a longtime, well-established instrumental giant; and Trey Hensley, a musician bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time, with a third nomination in 2017. Their critically acclaimed album “Cold Spell” earned a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, yet the accolades don’t end there.
Ron Ickes & Trey Hensley
Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, Western swing, and other string band music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro player Rob Ickes (who also plays superlative lap steel guitar in the duo on occasion) and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley continues to delight and astound audiences of traditional American music around the globe. Since the duo decided to join forces and make their collaboration the focus of their touring and recording careers in 2015, after cutting their first album on Compass, Before The Sun Goes Down (nominated for a Grammy), they have continued to bring their music to venues near and far. They’ve performed in places as close to home as Nashville’s world-famous Station Inn — a frequent and favorite showcase — and as far away as Denmark’s Tonder Festival, as well as an impressive number of the most prestigious U.S. music festivals, including Rockygrass, ROMP, Wintergrass, Bluegrass Underground and the Freshgrass Festival, just to name a few.
Their second album on Compass, Country Blues, released in 2016, testified to the growing diversity and expansion of their collaborative talents and repertoire. The duo were key players on Original, the recent highly lauded Compass album by bluegrass giant Bobby Osborne; their participation garnered a Recorded Event Of The Year Award for Bobby’s version of Got To Get A Message To You on that album at this year’s IBMA Awards; they also were on the 2016 Recorded Event winner, Fireball, featuring Special Consensus, in 2016.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
With chops so hot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time, with a third nomination in 2017. Their critically acclaimed album Cold Spell earned a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, yet the accolades don’t end there.
Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a progressive bluegrass stew of infinite instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills soon to be featured once again on their new album, If You Can’t Stand the Heat, slated to drop January 25.
Since leaving the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen.
Their respect and deep understanding of the tradition collides, live on stage, with jazz virtuosity creating an unforgettable, compelling performance.
“The band packs dazzling solos into dizzyingly small spaces, funneling bluegrass’s love of dexterity into pop’s love of brevity,” said Grayson Haver Currin of Indy Week.