After picking up a guitar at the age of 10, Jonesborough native Trey Hensley took the bluegrass world by storm — even performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage when he was just 11.
Several years ago, the now 21-year-old artist followed his heart and interests into the world of country music. With his second country CD, “It Is What It Is,” released just last month, Hensley is heading out to play his own brand of traditional honky-tonk music.
The Down Home in Johnson City will host a concert by Hensley on Aug. 31. Show time is 9 p.m., and tickets are $12 at the door.
Hensley’s new CD is a combination of new, radio-friendly contemporary songs as well as songs with the classic sound of some of his heroes.
The release offers covers originally performed by Elton John, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Dickens and The Gaither Vocal band. He’s also included covers written by Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin and Jeannie Seeley, along with songs written by Steve Wariner, Johnny Russell and Chuck Allan Floyd that have never been released.
Some legendary singers even stopped in to sing with Hensley on the CD, including Steve Wariner, Janie Fricke, Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys.
“It was unbelievable to me that some of my heroes would actually come in and record with me,” Hensley said. “For as long as I can remember, music has been a focal point of my life. These artists have played the background music to my life, so to hear their voices on the same tracks as mine, is an honor and a dream come true.”
Called a “bona fide hillbilly rock star” by Marty Stuart, Hensley is in the studio currently working on his third CD, which will include mostly original songs he has written himself. It is scheduled to be released later this year.
When not in the studio, Hensley spends much of his time on the road, touring with his five-piece band and playing everywhere from New York to Los Angeles, Nebraska to Texas and Minnesota to Washington D.C.
His tours have included headlining dates in theaters and outdoor venues as well as opening for artists like Steve Wariner, former Alabama front-man Randy Owen, Sara Evans, Marty Stuart and Peter Frampton.
“I realize how far I have to go to achieve my dreams in music,” Hensley said. “But when I look back and see performances for the President and Vice President of the United States, for some of our wounded military heroes, and playing my music on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere, I recognize just how fortunate I am to get to do this for a living. I’ve got a great band, and I love singing and playing my music. As long as anybody wants to hear me, I’m going to be out there doing it.”
For more information about Hensley, visit his Web site at www.treyhensley.com.
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