Review: Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - Before The Sun Goes Down

Rob Ickes fresh from the Three Bells CD and duo tours with stellar guitarist/singer Jim Hurst has produced and toured with another astro guitarist/singer, Trey Hensley. Blossoming from the ranks of singer/songwriter/musicians Trey has arrived! Great voice, solid country tones and super fast on the guitar, Trey has established himself as someone to keep track of in today’s musical ranks.

We know about Rob Ickes; International Bluegrass Music Association’s 15-time Dobro Player of Year! With Blue Highway for 20 years! Well here is what Trey has been doing:

Review: Breaking Grass - Just As Strong

Just As Strong may be Breaking Grass' third album (following up their self-titled debut and Running With The Moon) but somehow they've managed to fly beneath my radar.

If you're also new to Breaking Grass, they shade to the newgrass side of the bluegrass curve but you can find traditional roots close to the surface. Their music combines vocals with both a twang and a lilt, some swing with the guitar, mando and banjo, and at times a truly haunting fiddle, all hard atop a thumping bass - quite an exhilarating ride.

Review - Gibson Brothers Duo Concerts

What do you call it when you find yourself out on an unseasonably nice day, in a warm an inviting environment, with the company of an appreciative group of music lovers, and in the presence of two masters of their craft?

Well, in the case of Sunday afternoon, December 14th, for me it meant being at the lovely Rosen home in Rhinebeck, NY for a house concert with the Gibson Brothers.

Happy Bluegrass Holidays

Happy Holidays
The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association

Review: Mac Wiseman - Songs From My Mother's Hand

This is the first thing that anyone will know about this album, and certainly something that will be mentioned pretty much whenever it is discussed, so I’ll get it out of the way: Mac Wiseman is 89 years old. He’s old, even for bluegrass. In pop music, he’s ancient. There aren’t any pop musicians that we’ll be listening to when they are 89.

Age can be a weakening, of course, or at least a gauge of what a performer has lost through the years. So many performers have pushed the envelope too far, such as B.B. King or Doc Watson, both of whom were placed on stage after the point they should have taken a pass and left us with the memory that both, sadly, didn’t have.

Review: The Earls of Leicester - Loving Tribute to Flatt & Scruggs

This CD is true to a set of well known songs performed by Flatt and Scruggs during the height of the Foggy Mountain Boys career.

Jerry Douglas put together this talented group, organized and produced this CD which he has proclaimed to be something he has always hoped to put together.

The band consists of Shawn Camp (vocals and guitar); Charlie Cushman (banjo and guitars); Tim O’Brien (vocals and mandolin); Johnny Warren (fiddle); and Barry Bales (Alison Krauss and Union Station) on bass and vocals.

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