Master musicians Tommy Emmanuel, Rob Ickes, and Trey Hensley gather in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater for a performance and discussion. Emmanuel, Ickes, and Hensley open the program with a performance of “Flatt Did It,” and close with “Copper Kettle.”
Tommy Emmanuel, who hails from New South Wales, Australia, is a finger-picking wizard who was beloved by his hero, Country Music Hall of Fame member Chet Atkins. Rob Ickes came to Nashville from Northern California in 1992 and earned a reputation as one of the world’s finest dobro players. Flatpicking guitarist Trey Hensley came from East Tennessee, made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age eleven at the invitation of Earl Scruggs and Marty Stuart, and formed a Grammy-nominated duo with Ickes. The three recorded together on several recently released online tracks that pay homage to their influences including Atkins, Lester Flatt, Buck Owens, and Doc Watson.
In their interview, Emmanuel, Ickes, and Hensley talk about music as conversation rather than competition and about how three people from disparate backgrounds can find commonality in music. Emmanuel talks about Atkins reaching out to him and inviting him to Nashville. The two would eventually collaborate on the 1997 album "The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World." Ickes speaks eloquently about dobro great Mike Auldridge, while Hensley shares that “if it wasn’t for Doc Watson, I don’t know if I’d be playing the guitar.”
Watch bonus tracks from Emmanuel, Ickes, and Hensley's "Live at the Hall" here: https://watch.countrymusichalloffame.org/videos/tommy-emmanuel-rob-ickes-and-trey-hensley-bonus-tracks-live-at-the-hall-2021
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