From Staff Reports
Trey Hensley and Rob Ickes will perform Saturday, Aug. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. in front of the Washington County Courthouse. The entertainers were scheduled to be the 2022 Music on the Square season opener, but were rescheduled due to weather. In the event of weather this Saturday special edition of Music on the Square will be moved to the Jonesborough Visitors Center, located at 117 Boone Street.
Music on the Square will host a themed evening as well on Saturday, August 20 called “Welcome Your Neighbor” night. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new friend or neighbor.
T-Mobile, a sponsor of Music on the Square, will provide games and activities. There will be a food truck available, and Southern Belle’s Gourmet Lemonade will provide free lemonade sponsored by Six Rivers Media. There will also be free prize drawings sponsored by Jonesborough Area Merchants Services Association (JAMSA) and the Town of Jonesborough.
Music on the Square is a free event open to the public. This season Music on the Square will feature a diverse range of music including bluegrass, jazz, rock, americano and blues.
For more information go to Jonesborough.com/mots or call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010. This year’s event is sponsored by Bright Ridge, Cumulus Media, McCleod Organics, Humana, T-Mobile and Wolfe Development.
Take a 15-time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Dobro Player of the Year and a Tennessee-born guitar prodigy who made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 11, and you have Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, a powerhouse acoustic duo that has electrified the acoustic music scene.
Known for their white-hot picking, stone country vocals with soul and world class live musicianship, Ickes and Hensley meld together blues, bluegrass, country, rock and other string band music of all kinds to form a signature blend of music that defies restrictions of genre. They are equally at home on stages of prestigious performing arts centers, theatres and the Grand Ole Opry as they are on Americana, jamgrass, bluegrass and jam band festivals.
Ickes co-founded the highly influential bluegrass group Blue Highway and has been a sought-after Nashville session player and live performing musician for decades, with credits to his name such as Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and Alison Krauss. Hensley has been called “Nashville’s hottest young player” by Acoustic Guitar magazine and his soulful baritone vocals have received acclaim as well. Influenced by repertoires as diverse as The Allman Brothers Band, Ray Charles, Merle Haggard and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hensley has shared stages with artists such as Johnny Cash, Steve Wariner, and Peter Frampton. As a duo, Ickes and Hensley have shared the stage and collaborated with Tommy Emmanuel, Taj Mahal, David Grisman, and Jorma Kaukonen & Hot Tuna — all enthusiastic admirers of the duo — as well as Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi All Stars, Molly Tuttle, and many more. The duo were key players on “Original,” the recent highly lauded Compass album by bluegrass giant Bobby Osborne; their participation garnered a Recorded Event Of The Year Award for Bobby’s version of “Got To Get A Message To You” on that album at this year’s IBMA Awards; they also were on the 2016 Recorded Event winner, ”Fireball,” featuring Special Consensus, in 2016.
Be sure to come out for this special Saturday concert and experience Hensley and Ickes for yourself.