“Trey Hensley is Nashville’s hottest young player”
— Acoustic Guitar Magazine – May 2015
“I first met Trey Hensley at a concert in East Tennessee when his guitar was almost bigger than he was. He played me his version of “Jimmy Brown the Newsboy” by the Carter Family that night and I instantly became his fan. As a musician, singer and songwriter, I’ve watched him evolve since that first meeting, but the one thing that has never changed is Trey’s authenticity. It’s one of his God-given virtues. In the ever changing world of country music, it’s comforting to know that the real deal still exists. I’m counting on Trey to keep the voice of the mountains alive because mountain boys always have something to say that’s worthy of a listen.”
— Marty Stuart, 2014
“Listening to Trey Hensley play guitar I realized I haven’t heard guitar playing this exciting since Clarence White. Wow!”
— Gene Parsons
Trey is an awesome talent
— Steve Wariner
Trey Hensley is pretty much beyond words. The tonality of his voice is beautiful, and his playing is equally scary. He could easily be the next big thing. He’s one of those guys that makes it seem very real and effortless. Consider me on the Trey Hensley bandwagon
— Mike Auldridge
Trey, I enjoyed having you as a guest on two concerts with me this year. You are a very talented, very polite young man, and I am sure you have a bright future in music ahead of you.
— Earl Scruggs
Trey Hensley is t he real deal; I’m one of his biggest fans
— Marty Stuart
Trey has a bountiful supply of heart, soul and talent
— Duane Allen, Oak Ridge Boys
Watch out for this young man – he’s gonna be around a long time
— Tom T. Hall
If you would like to see a great example of what a young person can do with the talents God gives us, just look at Trey Hensley
— Jimbo Whaley, Greenbrier
From Vintage Guitar Magazine, January 2009 Review:
Trey Hensley’s second release, It Is What It Is, doesn’t sound like it comes from a performer who wasn’t even alive in 1989. To call Trey Hensley an “old soul” or “throwback” misses the point. His take on country music isn’t merely a neo-traditional re-arrangement of the musical furniture, but a complete gut of the room. Hensley’s ability to include the best parts of traditional country while eliminating the polluting elements of modern Nashville hot-country “radio friendly” fodder demonstrates a level of musical taste and discernment only a very mature musician can muster.
Hensley’s career began early. He started to play guitar at 10 and by 11 he was performing on Grand Ol Opry’s stage with old pros, including Marty Stuart and Earl Scruggs. Stuart called Hensley a “bona fide hillbilly rock star” when Hensley’s first album, Looking at My Future, came out in 2008. From the beginning Hensley was drawn to the classic country of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Hensley performs a mixture of tunes by both contemporary songwriters and earlier country numbers. His ability to distill that classic country sound, regardless of when tunes were penned, makes it nearly impossible to tell which songs are from the 60’s and which were written recently.
Looking at pictures of Trey Hensley, it’s hard to imagine that his vocals really come from such a baby-faced young man. His voice has a particularly rich resonance that oozes certain level of worldliness that’s difficult to reconcile with Hensley’s youth. His vocal style reminds me of the great country singers such as Ferlin Husky, Conway Twitty, and Hank Snow. Hensley is also one mean guitar picker. On Larry Gatlin’s “Willie Jack Willis” Hensley pulls out a passel of hot licks, twisting his telecaster’s strings into musical shapes reminiscent of the late Jerry Reed and Don Rich. Hensley’s use of bass runs to complement his upper register pedal-steel riffs grounds his playing so it’s not techno-flash, but melodically driven.
Is the world of “hot” country music ready for a classic country throwback? Trey Hensley aims to find out. I wish him the best of luck, because It Is What It Is has got more soul in the first ten seconds than you’ll find in an hour on any commercial country music radio station in America.
— Steve Stone
From Bluegrass Today, January 2014 Review of Blue Highway’s “The Game”:
…A welcome surprise on The Game is guest vocalist, Trey Hensley. Hensley handles the lead vocals on Stafford and Taylor’s My Last Day In The Mines. Surprisingly, Hensley’s inclusion on the album was somewhat of an accident. “Trey Hensley was only going to sing the pilot vocals on Last Day In The Mine, until we could get a well-known traditional singer to do a guest spot. But that guy never responded to our emails, so we left Trey’s vocal on the record!” explains Stafford. Hensley does a terrific job. Regardless of who the mystery traditionalist was going to be, he could not have delivered the song better than Trey did. His rich baritone will remind many bluegrass fans of Josh Williams. “It’s one take, live from the control room. That tells you how good this guy is!” says Stafford. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing more from this newcomer in the future… Read Full Article
— Daniel Mullins