THREE RING CIRCLE
Acclaimed instrumentalists Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, and Dave Pomeroy have joined together to form "Three Ring Circle" to pursue a common goal - creating innovative and memorable music with the unique combination of dobro, mandolin, and electric upright bass. They are individually known as world class players who are expanding the vocabulary and boundaries of their chosen instruments, and the trio format allows them unprecedented creative freedom and stylistic versatility. They have just released their debut album, which includes originals written by all three members, and creative reworkings of classic tunes.
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" each of the last five years. He has recorded 4 solo albums for Rounder Records, including his latest, "Big Time". His session work includes work with Patty Loveless, Earl Scruggs, and the Grammy Winning "Great Dobro Sessions", produced by Jerry Douglas. He and Dave are both featured artists on the new CMH Records release "The Nashville Acoustic Sessions" with Raul Malo and Pat Flynn which was just released to immediate critical acclaim and a #5 debut on the Billboard Bluegrass chart.
Dave Pomeroy has played acoustic and electric bass on over 400 albums and six Grammy winning recordings with artists such as Trisha Yearwood, The Chieftains, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Earl Scruggs and Alison Krause, as well as performing live with dozens of artists including Duane Eddy, John Fogerty, Steve Winwood, John Hiatt and Mose Allison. He was named Nashville's "Studio Musician of The Year" in 1991 and "Bassist of The Year" at the 1997 Nashville Music Awards. He has released 7 albums on Earwave Records including his solo albums "Basses Loaded" and "Tomorrow Never Knows." Dave's electric upright bass is the backbone of the trio and his intense rhythmic and melodic playing helps push the music even further in new directions.
Rob, Andy and Dave have already played to packed houses at Nashville's Station Inn and on the road, and the buzz is starting to grow. Ickes, Leftwich and Pomeroy will be playing more club, concert and festival dates throughout 2006 in support of the release of their debut CD in March 2006. Stay tuned...