Ickes, Rob


  • From Millbrae, California. Lives in Nashville.
  • Ickes is pronounced the same as “likes.”
  • First band: “Heartland” with Tony Furtado; also had a band in college called “Colusa” with Todd Phillips (named after a California gold-mining town).
  • Went to UC Davis and studied to become a veterinarian. Has a BA in biology.
  • Has toured with Weary Hearts, the Lynn Morris Band, Alison Krauss, others.
  • 1994, joined Blue Highway and has remained with this band throughout his career.
  • 1997, appeared in Steven Seagal movie “The Fire Down Below.”
  • 1997, released first solo project Hard Times (Rounder Records).
  • 2002, released What It Is album (Rounder Records).
  • 2004, released Big Time album (Rounder Records).
  • 2005, formed a jazz trio with Andy Leftwich and Dave Pomeroy called Three Ring Circle.
  • 2009, released Slide City album (Rounder).
  • 2009, released Road Song album (ResoRevolution).
  • 2013, won his 15th IBMA Award for Dobro™ Player of the Year. He also won in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
  • 2013, formed a duo with singer/guitarist Trey Hensley.
  • 2014, released an album with Dobro™ masters Jerry Douglas and Mike Auldridge (now deceased) called Three Bells (Rounder).
  • 2015, released Before the Sun Goes Down album with Trey Hensley (Compass Records). It was nominated for a Grammy Award (2016) in the Bluegrass category.
  • 2015, he announced his departure from Blue Highway (after 20 years).