Sherman Holmes is a legend. Born in Christchurch, Virginia in 1940, Sherman was surrounded by country blues, R &B, gospel, and country music. Along with his late brother Wendell, and their friend Popsy Dixon, they incorporated these influences into the infectious musical gumbo that was the sound of their band, The Holmes Brothers. Since the passing of Wendell and Popsy, Sherman has stepped out front, creating a new studio project, The Richmond Sessions, that puts his weathered and wonderful vocals front and center. It is a supremely powerful project, with killer musical cuts, demonstrating that Sherman is still an artist in his prime.
“Sounds pretty good for a 77-year-old, doesn’t it?” Holmes laughs. “I was overjoyed to do this, because I didn’t know how I was going to restart my career. We chose a good collection of songs that we wanted to do—we got some gospel in there, and some bluegrass. It’s a good mix of the Americana music, as I like to call it.”
About Rob and Trey:
The brilliant collaboration between Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley has been a revelation to traditional music fans.
Dobro master 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. When he was 13-years-old, Rob was exposed to Mike Auldridge’s Dobro playing, and the sound immediately caught his attention. Soon after, Rob got his first Dobro and has been playing music ever since.
Rob moved to Nashville in 1992 and joined the highly esteemed bluegrass band, Blue Highway, 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; 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, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Keeping true to the roots of country music is not only for the sake of nostalgia, but a necessity for the growth of an artist. Staying true to the roots just comes naturally for Trey Hensley. When he was 10-years-old, he picked up a guitar and quickly took the bluegrass world by storm —even performing at the Grand Ole Opry when he was only 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. Trey has also opened shows for Marty Stuart, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Alabama front-man Randy Owen, Sara Evans and others.
Tonight, at the Creative Alliance, Sherman shows off the dexterity and a myriad of influences. He’ll be backed by two of the finest musicians in bluegrass, dobro master Rob Ickes and guitarist Trey Hensley. Our Robert W. Deutsch Foundation fellow Brooks Long will be a guest on several selections.
SAT DEC 9 | 8PM | $25, $22 MEMBERS (+3 at the door)