American roots music has seen its fair share of beloved duos over the yearsâ€”from The Monroe Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs to modern-day pairs like Milk Carton Kids and The War and Treatyâ€”but few leave audiences as amazed asÂ Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley. Built on the interplay of Ickesâ€™s Dobro and Hensleyâ€™s six-string guitar, the only thing outshining the virtuosity of this groupâ€™s instrumental performances is their singing and songwriting prowess. OnÂ LIVING IN A SONG, Ickes and Hensley showcase their songwriting chops in a set of 12 songs, 5 of which they co-wrote with GRAMMY award-winning producerÂ Brent MaherÂ (The Judds, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson). In classic Nashville fashion, the threesome hashed out some 30 songs before picking the dozen that would make upÂ LIVING IN A SONG. Paying homage to the troubadours that shaped the Nashville sound, the duo made the conscious decision to lean the music in a classic country direction stylistically, with elements of Americana and bluegrass thrown in for good measure.
"Two musical phenoms." â€”NPR
Â â€œ(An) acoustic firestormâ€¦(who) are changing the rulesâ€¦"Â â€”Vintage GuitarÂ
Â â€œSteel-string bluegrass with all the intensity of rock 'n' roll.â€ â€”Acoustic GuitarÂ
Â â€œTwo of the finest musicians playing today." â€”No Depression