A New Single From Arthur Hancock IV – Trout Rodeo.
This quintessential summer bluegrass anthem not only tells a familiar fish story, but also showcases a peerless arrangement, lively fiddle, energetic vocals and just the right amount of twangy, jangly, Kentucky Bluegrass. Hancock has set the hook and reeled in the big one with Trout Rodeo.
I’ve been an obsessed fly fisherman nearly my entire life and I’ve been a touring Bluegrass artist for over 20 years. Trout Rodeo is an absolutely perfect blend of both – I’ll have this song turned up and the windows rolled down as I head to the trout stream this summer and fall. Arthur has set the hook on this one. Tight lines – Woody Platt, Steep Canyon Rangers
Arthur teamed up with some of his friends and favorite musicians to record Trout Rodeo. The single was produced, recorded and engineered by Daren Shumaker at Ashbourne Farms in La Grange, Kentucky.
The track features Arthur Hancock IV on guitar and vocals; Daren Shumaker on mandolin and guitar; Jeff Guernsey on fiddle; Steve Cooley on banjo; Roddy Puckett on bass and Robert Greer on harmony Vocals.
The timing is perfect for releasing the tune as Arthur heads off to Montana and gears up to participate in another fundraising endeavor for one of his favorite charities, Can’d Aid. He is a TUNES Ambassador for the organization and will be performing in Ennis, Montana Thursday night to help spread the word and ‘reel in’ some bids. Can’d Aid is teaming up with renowned artists and fishing outfitters across the US, to provide you with a one-of-a-kind fishing experience. All winning bids will secure a day of guided fishing for one, followed by a unique post-fishin’ pick with your artist. The charity auction Fishing With A Musician opens today and will be taking bids for one full month, through September 16, 2022. Can’d Aid, a national non-profit organization uses the funds they raise to distribute water, provide access and opportunities for underserved youth to experience music, arts and the outdoors; and protect and restore the environment.
Arthur has been the most active and dedicated Tunes Ambassador since day one, always working to raise funds and awareness about Can’d Aid and our programs. He has hosted several creek and river cleanup projects in Kentucky and has participated in multiple instrument donations and assemblies across the country on behalf of Can’d Aid. We are fired up to partner on his latest fundraising brainchild – Fishing with a Musician auction – and absolutely love his new release Trout Rodeo – Diana Ralston, Can’d Aid Founder & Executive Director
Trout Rodeo is available today, worldwide, from popular online streaming and download distributors, and a download link for mp3s or WAV files is available for DJ’s and radio programmers upon request.
About Arthur Hancock:
Arthur Hancock IV is a singer-songwriter and Bluegrass musician from Frankfort, Kentucky. Some may recognize him as the lead guitar man and one of the vocalists for the renowned Kentucky-born bluegrass band, Wolfpen Branch. Arthur was also the founding banjo player and lead singer for the award-winning bluegrass band, The Wooks. He has released music through Wolfpen Branch, The Wooks, Arthur and Arthur, and Short Tiger. Arthur also stays involved in the industry through his current seat on the board of the IBMA Foundation and as a proud Tunes Ambassador for the Can’d Aid Foundation.
His father was a Monument recording artist in the 60s and taught him to play the guitar at an early age. Arthur gained experience watching him record an album called Sunday Silence when he was 13 years old. JD Crowe recorded banjo on the project and he immediately started banjo lessons after watching JD play. Arthur studied banjo under Alison Brown while attending Vanderbilt University and she has ultimately produced multiple recording projects that he has been involved in.
Hancock suffers from focal dystonia in his right thumb which is why he quit playing the banjo for The Wooks. He has learned how to play the guitar with his index finger since he’s unable to play with a pick. He does still play banjo guitar and some fiddle.
In 2021, Hancock founded the bluegrass band Wolfpen Branch with four of his professional music comrades, also from Kentucky. The 5 member band took full advantage of the Covid shutdown year by spending as much time as possible, playing gigs, jamming and honing their original sound.
Arthur’s biggest musical influences have been JD Crowe, Tony Rice, Alison Brown, Levon Helm, and Robert Earl Keen.