Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Sun, June 10, 2018

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Pikes Peak Center

Colorado Springs, CO

Reserved: $35 & $50 | $5 increase day of show

This event is all ages

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Tommy Emmanuel
Tommy Emmanuel
Give a listen to “Old Photographs,” the closing track on Tommy Emmanuel’s It’s Never Too Late(2015), and you’ll hear the distinctive squeak of finger noise as he runs his hands across the frets of his MatonSignature TEguitar. It’s an imperfection in the performance that players typically try to eliminateinpractice, and in the hands of a less-secure musician, that sound could easily be edited from the recording with Pro Tools recording technology.

But in their own way, those imperfections are perfect. For all of the masterful technique and flashy ability that’s brought Emmanuel recognition among the world’s greatest guitarists, that finger noise lets the audience know he is one of them. The same approach was taken with Tommy Emmanuel’s latest offering, the 15-track LIVE! At The Ryman(2017), a “genuine ‘had to be there,’ no fix ups, no frills recording,”says Emmanuel. “Each of my guitars has pickups and microphones included when you buy them, so the soundyou hear from this recording is exactly as it sounds in the hall.”

LIVE! At The Ryman—recorded in frontof a sold-out audience at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium in February 2016—highlightsEmmanuel’s fervor as a master guitarist and also encapsulates a landmark moment for the musician as he is joined on stage by Steve Wariner and John Knowles, the only other two living CGPs(Certified Guitar Players: the honor and moniker Chet Atkins assigned not only to himself but four other guitarists he admiredand felt contributed to the legacy of guitar playing) for a performance of “San Antonio Stroll.”An accomplished fingerstyleplayer, Emmanuelfrequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once.That expert layering is exemplified duringLIVE! At The Ryman, notablyon“Eva Waits,” a new song from Emmanuel that has not been released on a previous album.

Given his first guitar at age four, he started working professionally just two years laterin a family band, the Emmanuel Quartet.He never learned to read and write music, but he and his brother Philwere dedicated students of the instrument, creating games that helped them identify chords and patterns. They became adept at picking out the nuances of complex chords, a talent that takes most musicians years to develop.

Emmanuel pursued it with a passion and after graduating, Emmanuel becameone of Australia’s most in-demandrock musicians, playing guitar in a succession of bands, including one of Australia’s best-known acts, Dragon. He supplemented that with a side job as a studio musician, playing on albums by the likes of Air Supply and Men At Work,and on commercial jingles. Eventually Emmanuel ventured out on his own and began to treat his shows like a jazz musician would, eschewing set lists, improvising his way through many of his songs to capture and shape the mood of the room.He could certainly sense the support. In addition to the standing ovations from his audiences, the recognitions rolled in, includingtwo Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy)and repeated honors in the Guitar Playermagazine reader’s poll.He’s also been named a Kentucky Colonel, received severalhonorary degrees and shared a key moment with brother Phil on the world stage, performing during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sydney.Emmanuel alsoearned the opportunity to work with the likes of Eric Clapton, Doc Watson, John Denver and the incomparable Atkins. Emmanuel teamed with Chet on a 1997 project, The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World, which proved to be Atkins’ final project. Atkins practically handpicked Emmanuel as his creative heir, thoughhe never intended for Tommy to be a simple clone
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Rob Ickes

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Rob Ickes (rhymes with "bikes") comes from a musical family. His grandparents played old-time fiddle music, and Rob trained his young musical ear at their weekly jam sessions. Although his family wanted Rob to play fiddle, the instrument didn't interest him. Then, at the age of thirteen, Rob was exposed to the Dobro playing of Mike Auldridge, and the sound immediately caught his attention. Soon after, Rob got his first Dobro, and he has been playing music ever since.

Rob moved to Nashville in 1992 and joined Blue Highway, the highly esteemed bluegrass band, as a founding member in 1994. He is recognized as one of the most innovative Dobro players on the scene today, contributing signature technique and greatly expanding the boundaries of the instrument's sonic and stylistic territory. He won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Dobro Player of the Year award for a record-setting fifteenth time in 2013 and received the 2014 IBMA Award for Recorded Event of the Year for his appearance on the track "Wild Montana Skies" (Special Consensus with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes (artists), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records); IBMA notes that he is the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of the IBMA awards.

As an active session player and touring musician, he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Charlie Haden, Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, David Lee Roth, Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, Peter Rowan, Claire Lynch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Marty Stuart, Marty Raybon, Jeannie Kendall, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lynn Morris, John Cowan, Harley Allen and The Cox Family. His work with Merle Haggard includes Haggard's 2007 release, THE BLUEGRASS SESSIONS (McCoury Music).

The youngest dobro player on THE GREAT DOBRO SESSIONS (Jerry Douglas & Tut Taylor, producers), which won the 1994 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, he was also on the Alison Krauss & The Cox Family album, I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW, which won the 1994 Grammy for Best Southern Gospel Album. Rob has released a dobro-piano jazz album on his own label, ResoRevolution, Road Song (2009); he has also released four acclaimed solo albums, eleven albums with Blue Highway (Rounder, Ceili, Rebel), two albums with Three Ring Circle, comprising Rob, Andy Leftwich and Dave Pomeroy: a self-titled CD (Earwave, 2009) and Brothership (2011, ResoRevolution), a "dobro trio" CD, THREE BELLS, featuring the final recordings of Mike Auldridge, with Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes (Rounder, 2014) and most recently a collaboration with newcomer vocalist/guitarist, Trey Hensley, BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN, a unique project which seamlessly blends americana, contemporary bluegrass and the spare studio stylings of classic '60s and '70s country music (Compass, 2015).

Rob is also a gifted resonator guitar teacher; his instructional DVD set on Homespun is a perennial favorite with Dobro students and in 2007, he founded ResoSummit, a three-day annual instructional event in Nashville, featuring leading Dobro players and luthiers as faculty. Rob's signature resonator guitar, designed by acclaimed luthier Tim Scheerhorn, is Wechter-Scheerhorn Model 6535R. 

Trey Hensley

Keeping true to the roots of country music is not only a lovely sentiment of nostalgia, but a necessity for the growth of an artist…and staying true to the roots just comes naturally for Trey Hensley. After picking up a guitar at the age of 10, he quickly took the bluegrass world by storm —even performing on the Grand Ole Opry when he was 11. Through the years, Trey has had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Blue Highway, J.D. Crowe and many others and Trey has opened shows for Marty Stuart, President George W. Bush, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Alabama front-man Randy Owen, Sara Evans and others.

In the Fall of 2012, Trey had the opportunity to sing a "scratch vocal" on a song in the studio for legendary Bluegrass super group Blue Highway. The group ended up liking the vocal so much that they left Trey's vocal on the finished product. The album, titled "The Game", was released January, 2014 with Trey Hensley as a special guest on the song 'My Last Day in the Mine'. In reference to Trey's vocal on the song, Tim Stafford of Blue Highway said, "It's one take, live from the control room. That tells you how good this guy is!"

In the Summer of 2013, Trey relocated to Nashville, TN and started playing on a regular basis with IBMA's 15-time "Dobro Player of the Year", Rob Ickes. In the Fall of 2013, Trey and Rob decided to go work on an a duo album together. The outcomes of those recording sessions have turned into a new album, titled "Before the Sun Goes Down" due for release in January 2015. The duo has recently been signed to Compass Records in Nashville, TN and will start working on the second album sometime in 2015. "Before the Sun Goes Down" features new material from Trey, Bobby Starnes and Barry Ricks as well as a few standard covers and several more obscure covers from artists as diverse as Jimmy Martin, Merle Haggard and Bob Wills to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Marty Stuart recently said this about Trey:

"I first met Trey Hensley at a concert in East Tennessee when his guitar was almost bigger than he was. He played me his version of "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" by the Carter Family that night and I instantly became his fan. As a musician, singer and songwriter, I've watched him evolve since that first meeting, but the one thing that has never changed is Trey's authenticity. It's one of his God-given virtues. In the ever-changing world of country music, it's comforting to know that the real deal still exists. I'm counting on Trey to keep the voice of the mountains alive because mountain boys always have something to say that's worthy of a listen."
Venue Information:
Pikes Peak Center
190 South Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
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