Trey Hensley
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Trey Hensley

Glen Allen, Virginia, United States | INDIE

Glen Allen, Virginia, United States | INDIE
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"Trey Hensley - It Is What It Is"

In 1980, George Burns scored an unlikely Country hit with “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again.” As we age, we all look back to that time in our life with a sense of yearning. At that point in life, we all had the world right in front of us, with dreams to dream and time to spare. At 18, many of us had no idea where we wanted to be in life in ten years, or what we wanted to do. Trey Hensley is just a little bit different.

The Jonesborough, TN native has taken the Bluegrass world by the horns during his teenage years, and now as he is at the starting point of adulthood---he’s ready to do the same to Country Music. The all-world picker, who has already played with Marty Stuart and Earl Scruggs, has issued his second Country album—albeit one with no less star-power.

Hensley takes quite a few musical chances on IT IS WHAT IT IS, and each of those prove how much he is capable of. Whether it’s covering Elton John or Conway Twitty, there’s a depth and a talent that is so obvious that it can’t be denied. On the former, he chooses ‘Country Comfort,” which also was covered a few years back by Keith Urban, and he makes a strong opening statement, while in covering Twitty, he goes the “Deep Catalog” route, choosing the under-rated mid-80s gem “The Legend And The Man,” where he gets some help from Oak Ridge Boys Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, and Richard Sterban.

It’s not all covers, however. Hensley is quite capable of finding a new song and making it his own, as well. “On The Line,” a duet with Janie Fricke, is a great example of this, as is the Steve Wariner / Lane Turner / Rick Carnes written title cut. On cuts like these two, as well as the entire album, Hensley makes no bones about the fact that he is country…..and proud of it!

There’s a lot of talented newcomers out there in Country Music these days, and Hensley is one name that should be near the top of the class. Labels take heed, this is one that you need to be snapping up!

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- by Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville


Trey Hensley’s latest release, his first country project, finds him with guitars firmly in hand and surrounded by some of the finest studio musicians in Nashville. It features five songs written or co-written by him and several covers of some of the great country classics. Go to the Recordings page to hear sound clips or to the store to get your own copy of this amazing CD!



A change in career directions is common in a tumultuous economy. But for Trey Hensley,
it’s been one of choice not of necessity. After picking up a guitar at the age of 10, he
quickly took the bluegrass world by storm — even performing on the Grand Ole Opry
when he was 11. But two-and-a-half years ago, the now 18-year old artist followed his
heart and interests into the world of country music. And this summer, with his second
country CD, titled “It Is What It Is,” set to come out on July 4th, the Jonesborough, TN
native is heading out playing his own brand of traditional honky-tonk music.

Called a “bona fide hillbilly rock star” by Marty Stuart, Trey’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 music as varied as covers originally performed by
Elton John, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Dickens and The Gaither Vocal band. He’s also
included covers of songs written by Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin and Jeannie Seeley as
well as never-before-released songs written by the likes of Steve Wariner, the great
Johnny Russell and Chuck Allan Floyd.

Some legendary singers even stopped in to sing with Hensley on the CD. “It was
unbelievable to me that some of my heroes would actually come in and record with me,”
Hensley said from the studio in Nashville. The special guests include Steve Wariner;
Janie Fricke, and Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge
Boys. “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.”

This summer, Hensley hits the road with his four-piece band for a tour that will carry him
from Philadelphia to Los Angeles , Nebraska to North Carolina and beyond. His tour
includes headlining dates in theaters and outdoor venues as well as opening for artists
like Steve Wariner, former Alabama front-man Randy Owen and Marty Stuart.

“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!”