Rob Ickes

USA Cummings Fellow, 2010


Rob Ickes is one of the most innovative Dobro players working today. He attended Cañada College, Redwood City, CA, and the University of California, Davis. Ickes moved to Nashville in 1992, joining Blue Highway, the esteemed bluegrass band, as a founding member in 1994. Ickes was named the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Dobro Player of the Year for a record-setting twelfth time in 2010. He has played with Charlie Haden, Alison Krauss, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson, among many others. In 2007, Ickes founded ResoSummit, a three-day educational event in Nashville with leading Dobro players and luthiers for 100 students.

Photo credit Michael Witcher
Road Song, 2009; photo credit Michael Witcher; design credit Craig Hansen