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The Rig Rundown Crew's Favorite Albums of 2023
The Best Music of 2023 & Our Wishes for 2024 Albums

John Bohlinger, Perry Bean, and Chris Kies have a conversation about the music that made them move 'n' groove in 2023—including fresh cuts from Willie Nelson, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Isbell, Queens of the Stone Age, Sleep Token—and share their anticipation of new releases in 2024.

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley first connected in Nashville in 2013, after the two had individually established themselves as formidable players in the bluegrass scene.

Photo by Jeff Fasano

The Nashville-based troubadours are paring country music down to its blues and bluegrass roots on Living In A Song—a deeply personal album rife with ace musicianship and earthy introspection.

Life on the road is, quite literally, a driving force in country music. From the baleful strains of Hank Williams’ classic “Lost Highway” to Willie Nelson’s perennially uplifting “On the Road Again,” the endless black ribbon has inspired more songs, with a wider range of moods and emotions than there are twists and turns on a Blue Ridge mountain switchback. So it was only fitting that when Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley started digging into ideas with Grammy-winning producer Brent Maher, they found themselves chasing a familiar theme.

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Rig Rundown: Billy Strings [2023]

Bluegrass’ biggest ambassador continues expanding his sound with more pedals, more modeling, more Martins, and a dark-arts guitar. Plus, we find out whose ashes are inside his 1945 D-28.

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