WHEN: Friday February 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in Kingsport, Tennessee
COST: Reserved Seats $15‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ 
BOOK NOW: (423) 392-8414

KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport present an evening with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and special guest JP Parsons on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre in Kingsport.

Tickets are $15. This show is part of The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series 2016. Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series shows feature reserved seating in the Renaissance Arts Center Theatre, a 350 seat theatre.

Tickets are available online at or at the Office of Cultural Arts at 1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport or by phone at (423) 392-8414.

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley:

This unique collaborative effort between two uniquely gifted musicians is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans on several counts. 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. Their new album, Before the Sun Goes Dow, was nominated for a GRAMMY Award on December 7, 2015 in the category of Best Bluegrass Album of the Year. The awards will be held on February 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

From his powerful yet sympathetic vocal interpretations of traditional and contemporary material to his jaw-dropping instrumental skills on both acoustic and electric guitar and considerable songwriting talents, Trey Hensley is bursting at the seams with freshness and musical excitement. His resonant baritone voice is rich, expressive, and equally at ease with classic bluegrass, traditional country, and original compositions. Raised in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Trey began playing guitar and singing when he was 10 years old. Invited by Marty Stuart and joined from the wings by Earl Scruggs, Trey Hensley landed on the Grand Old Opry when
he was only 11. To this day, Marty Stuart remains a fan and booster. Trey has already in his young life played with Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys ,and Janie Fricke. Hes appeared on bills with Sara Evans , Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Randy Owen, Steve Wariner, and Marty Stuart, and has appeared before President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and Vice President Cheney.

Rob Ickes has been playing bluegrass with his much-decorated band Blue Highway for over twenty years, during which time he has been adjudged Bluegrass Dobro Player Of the year fifteen times. Rob has played on countless sessions, recording with artists such as Merle Haggard, Dierks Bentley, Patty Loveless, and Alison Krauss. He has also helped form a jazz ‚¬oriented trio, Three Ring Circle, along with Andy Leftwich and Dave Pomeroy. His most recent album Three Bells is a true dobro summit, collaborating with fellow greats Jerry Douglas and the late Mike Auldridge. He even once received a surprise phone call from admirer, jazz guitar and harmonica master Toots Thielemans! In Before the Sun Goes Down, the listener will have the chance to view Rob Ickes, by now an acknowledged master of the dobro and lap steel guitar, outside of the box.

Rob has been a supporter since he first heard Trey, a happening that came about in an unusual way. He became aware of the young mans enormous vocal talent when he heard his scratch vocal (suggested by the albums engineer) on Robs band Blue Highways album The Game. Wayne Taylor and Tim Stafford of Blue Highway penned the song My Last Day In The Mine. The band had initially hoped to have a prominent lead singer outside the band to perform a guest vocal of the song for the album but found themselves falling in love with the youthful Treys evocation of the world-weary working mans fears of leaving the only job hed ever known. Trey was 22 at the time. Treys vocal was used on the completed product and has since received considerable positive notice, as has the entire album. Shortly thereafter, Trey and his wife Amber relocated to Nashville, and Rob has been showing Trey the ropes.

Before the Sun Goes Down promises to be a breath of fresh air on the country music scene today while bringing traditional country and bluegrass music to the forefront. Accompanied by some of the finest, most accomplished musicians in Nashville , Rob and Trey tackle a diverse group of songs, put a fresh spin on some old ones, polish up some more recent hits, and offer up an original from Trey ‚¬ all the while drawing influence from artists as diverse as Jimmy Martin, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Buddy Emmons, Jimmie Rodgers, and Bob Wills. In addition to Rob, Treys sterling vocals are bolstered by a band which includes Aubrey Haynie or Andy Leftwich on fiddle, the ubiquitous (and mighty fine) Nashville acoustic bassist Mike Bub, and drummer John Gardner. Others featured are Jon Randall, Susanne Cox, Dan Tyminski, Shawn Lane, and Ron Block.

Before the Sun Goes Down was recorded mostly live with minimal overdubs, fixes, punch-ins, or even very many takes, and with all the musicians in one room in only a few days of studio time. Rob, the driving force behind the album and the man largely responsible for its creation, says that his favorite albums by the pioneers of the music, the ones that made him want to make music in the first place, were made in the same manner. The spontaneity and sheer joy of creation among a small group of master musicians is palpable in listening to the completed product.

For more about Rob Ickes visit

For more about Trey Hensley visit

“I’m sure I don’t make a true ‘critic’ since I’m already such a fan, but this album from Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley is a wonderful piece of work. And my songwriting side is truly overwhelmed. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Merle Haggard

“In the ever changing world of country music, it’s comforting to know that the real deal still exists.”Marty Stuart

It’s right in my wheel house…love it! ‚¬ Bill Cody, WSM Radio

This is just damn good playing. ‚¬ Bluegrass Situation

Special Guest Opener:‚ ‚  JP Parsons

Hailed by Pick Bristol as “Bristol’s own troubadour,” Bristol, Virginia native JP Parsons is no stranger to the music scene; he has been a local favorite for years.

Since his debut CD Appalachian Travels in August of 2012 he has been well received as a regional songwriting sensation.

With his unique, gripping voice, and soulful lyrics, Parsons’ music will please your ears while taking you along the journey with him.

The Full Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series Winter Lineup Includes:
– Friday, January 15, 2016 ‚¬ Blue Highway w/ The Loose Strings Band – $25
– Friday, January 22, 2016 ‚¬ Becky Hobbs & EG Kight w/ Lucy Billings – $10
– Friday, January 29, 2016 ‚¬ The Fiddlin Carson Peters Band w/ Jeffrey Benedict – $15
– Friday, February 5, 2016 ‚¬ Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley w/ JP Parsons – $15
– Friday, February 19, 2016 ‚¬ The Stray Birds w/ Amythyst Kiah – $15
– Friday, February 26, 2016 ‚¬ The Barebart Movement w/ Rebecca Lee Daniels – $15

City of Kingsport Mission:
To provide economic, educational & quality of life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant & diverse Community.

The Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.

Programs & partnerships include: Art in the Heart Gallery, Public Art Kingsport, The Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series, the Kingsport Carousel, the Carousel Fine Craft Show and more. These programs and parnerships provide a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations.‚  Each work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the Friends of the Cultural Arts group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.