This award was generously supported by Peter D. and Julie Fisher Cummings. _
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 eleventh time in 2009. 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.