An exciting project to watch for in 2014 is a “dobro trio” CD by Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. The forthcoming album, as yet untitled, was recorded in a number of sessions during 2012, whenever their schedules allowed the three to converge to record together in a studio near Auldridge’s home in Silver Spring, Maryland.
At the International Bluegrass Music Association's awards show, held held on Sept. 26, 2013 at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium), Rob Ickes won his 15th trophy for Dobro Player of the Year. This extends his record as the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of the IBMA awards. The awards show also featured the induction of Tony Rice into the IBMA Hall of Fame, with an acceptance speech by Tony that no one who was present will ever forget.
Banjo legend J.D. Crowe produced this gem, and in addition to Williams’ formidable talents, it features Rob Ickes’ Dobro and pedal steel great Doug Jernigan.