Americana Honors and Awards 2016

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‘Will The Circle’ Finale

It proved again to be the musical highlight of the year.

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley Live

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Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Live at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Farm and Fun Time Radio Bristol

15 September 2016 Bristol VA/TN

Rob Ickes (rhymes with bikes) is one of the best dobro players in the world, no question.  Don’t take my word for it.  The pre-eminent bluegrass organisation, the IBMA, has awarded him Dobro Player of the Year an astonishing fifteen times – he is, in fact, the most IBMA-awarded musician in its history.  Ickes was a key member of Blue Highway for many years and has played with Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs, Don Henley, Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson. Continue reading

Asheville NC to Bristol VA/TN


12 September 2016 Bristol VA/TN

So, two nights in West Asheville.  Not much going on there it seems.

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Mountain Song Festival 2016

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11 September 2016 Brevard Music Centre North Carolina 

Brevard, North Carolina is about forty-five minutes away from my hotel in West Asheville.

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Bill Monroe

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8 September 2016 Louisville Kentucky

Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass.

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The International Bluegrass Music Museum

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7 September 2016 Owensboro Kentucky

I was staying at Central City as it was the base for two important musical discoveries – one today and one tomorrow.

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My Day in Louisville KY 

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9 September 2016 Louisville Kentucky

It was an inauspicious introduction to downtown Louisville.  I found the nearest Walgreens for some supplies and the lady had great trouble in understanding me! She seemed emphatic that I wanted to dye my hair.  I resisted stoutly.

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