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RealTracks Artist Bio: Rob Ickes

Rob Ickes is the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. As of this writing, he is a 13-time winner of the IBMA Instrumental Performer of the Year award for his Dobro playing.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Rob moved to Nashville in 1992. There, he was a founding member of the legendary Bluegrass band Blue Highway, which is still performing with all of its original members. That same year, 1994, Rob won his first Grammy Award for The Great Dobro Sessions with Jerry Douglas and Tut Taylor. He won another Grammy with Alison Krauss & The Cox Family for "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow."

Rob's studio and touring credits include Merle Haggard, Charlie Haden, Earl Scruggs, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, David Lee Roth, Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, Peter Rowan, Claire Lynch, and Mary Chapin Carpenter among many others. He has also released four solo albums, eight albums with Blue Highway, and a CD titled Three Ring Circle with top studio artists Andy Leftwich and Dave Pomeroy.

Rob also founded ResoSummit, an annual clinic in Nashville featuring top Dobro players and luthiers. He is known as an innovator, as recognized by Guitar Player magazine in a cover story headlined "Resonator Radical" for its August 2011 issue.

The official Rob Ickes web site is at, and features his ResoSummit and other projects.

Rob Ickes plays these RealTracks:

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