Ickes Plays at Poplar Knight Spot
The Rooster's Wife announces that another highly decorated musician is headed for Aberdeen, Saturday, March 13.
Bluegrass fans will recognize the name from his many projects in that genre, but he is bringing his newest ensemble to the gallery of Poplar Knight Spot for an evening of instrumental wizardry. Ickes sets a new standard for dobro possibility. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash or check and online with debit and credit cards. Admission is $15 for adults.
Rob Ickes' fifth solo album is a boundary-breaking album with wondrous romps and intimate dobro-piano dialogues that reach into the emotional core of 10 great jazz standards. Jazz pianist Michael Alvey's intricate bass lines and percussive right-hand chordal punctuations have the energy of a full ensemble, while Ickes lays down melodies with precision before the duo launches into breathtaking improvisational rides. Robinella, a perfectly empathetic singer, contributes a playful give-and-take with dobro and piano, partly inspired by the great Ella Fitzgerald-Louis Armstrong collaborations.
The 10-time winner of the Dobro Player of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association, Ickes isn't content with assumed boundaries of genre. Throughout his career, as a solo artist, a sought-after sideman or a founding member of the acclaimed ensembles Blue Highway and Three Ring Circle, Ickes' intuitive ability to tap into a song's emotional essence and offer something fresh has earned him accolades and respect well beyond the dobro's domain in country and bluegrass music.
Ickes (rhymes with "bikes") 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, Patty Loveless and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The youngest dobro player on "The Great Dobro Sessions" (1994 Grammy, Best Bluegrass Album), he was also on the Alison Krauss and The Cox Family album, "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" (1994 Grammy, Best Southern Gospel).
The Rooster's Wife is a nonprofit association created to support the arts in Moore County with an emphasis on performances for all ages to enjoy. The gallery of Poplar Knight Spot is located at 114 Knight St. in downtown Aberdeen.
For more information, call (910) 944-7502, or visit the We b site www.theroosterswife.org.
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