THREE RING CIRCLE - Acclaimed
instrumentalists Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, and Dave Pomeroy have joined together
to pursue a common goal - creating innovative and memorable music with the
unique combination of dobro, mandolin, and electric upright bass. They are
individually renowned as world class players who are known for expanding the
vocabulary and boundaries of their chosen instruments, and the trio format
allows them unprecedented creative freedom and stylistic versatility. They have
just completed their debut album "Three Ring Circle", which includes 7 originals
written by all three members and creative reworkings of tunes by Stevie Wonder,
Jeff Beck and Bireli Lagrene.
Originally from the San Fransisco area, Rob Ickes has become known as one of the
finest dobro players on the planet since moving to Nashville in 1992. He is the
leader of the Grammy nominated bluegrass band Blue Highway, and has been named
the IBMA's "Dobro Player Of The Year" seven times. He has recorded 4
groundbreaking solo albums for Rounder Records. His session work includes work
with Patty Loveless, Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss, and the Grammy winning "Great
Dobro Sessions". He and Dave are featured artists on the critically acclaimed CD
" Nashville Acoustic Sessions" with Raul Malo and Pat Flynn.
Andy Leftwich is only 27 years old, but he is already blazing a trail as one of
the most accomplished mandolin and fiddle players to appear on the scene in a
long time. Andy's blazing mandolin break on "Shady Grove" from Ricky and
Kentucky Thunder's Grammy winning "History of the Future" served notice that not
only were Andy's fiddle skills extraordinary, but that his mandolin playing was
a force to be reckoned with. His debut CD "Ride" on Skaggs Family Records
charted high in the bluegrass charts and brought more attention to his
prodigious composing and production skills. Andy's evocative, challenging tunes
and complex, driving mandolin style are an essential part of the trio's sound.
The distinctive sound of Dave Pomeroy's electric upright bass has been heard on
over 400 albums and six Grammy winning CDs with artists such as Emmylou Harris,
The Chieftains, Elton John, Earl Scruggs and Alison Krauss. He has performed
live with dozens of major artists including Duane Eddy, John Fogerty, Steve
Winwood, and Mose Allison. He has been voted "Studio Musician of The Year" and
"Bassist of The Year" at the Nashville Music Awards. He has released 7 albums on
Earwave Records, including his solo CDs "Basses Loaded" and "Tomorrow Never
Knows." Dave's bass is the backbone of the trio and his versatile rhythmic and
melodic playing helps push the music in new directions.
Rob, Andy and Dave will be playing club, concert and festival dates throughout
2010 and are recording their long anticipated second CD. Stay tuned...