A fresh blend of remarkable, inspired instrumentals and Jennifer's sweet, pure voice. Bursting with talent. The 4-piece band provides warm, professional sets to keep the energy up with upbeat bluegrass, trio vocals, high energy fiddle - banjo music, Michael's “smoldering guitar leads” (Bluegrass Now magazine), acoustic swing, banjo duets and other crowd favorites.
Or, enjoy relaxing atmosphere with truly artistic background music featuring Dan Kelly's fluid, smooth fiddle work and “gorgeous guitar work by Michael” (Bluegrass Unlimited magazine) and Jennifer's “sweet and pure, even angelic" singing (Bluegrass Now magazine).
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WHAT A STORY! Husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain, both grew up in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. Their wildly successful, award-winning bluegrass band has grown to include a booking agency, live sound services and a recording studio (Big Pick Productions).
But a few short years ago, Michael was teaching at Belmont University and Jennifer served as a school counselor in Nashville while dreaming of going full time as a band. The Lord is so good to answer prayers! 2012-2016 were incredible years for the Michael and Jennifer McLain Band. They toured the US with shows in 20 states: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, OH, PA SC, TN, VA and WV, provided live music for 45 corporate clients and 5 major universities, headlined concerts and festivals in Glen Saint Mary, FL, Reading, PA, Marysville, OH, Blountstown, FL, Dallas City, IL, Marshall, AR and even backed Justin Rivers (from “The Voice”) at a show in Bowling Green, KY!
GIGMASTERS AWARDS: Best of 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 and Rising Star 2013, 2012 and Top Folk Band 2012
“Entertaining. Engaging. Talented. Brought a smile to the faces of our 1,500 + guests”
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
“Absolutely wonderful. The kindest most down to earth group of people I've ever met…astonishing talent and really bring the life to the party“
HANEL STORAGE SYSTEMS
(Michael and Jennifer) “were awesome!...I'll be sure to book them again!”
JOHN HANCOCK FINANCIAL SERVICES
“First class professional group…our live audience absolutely loved (Michael and Jennifer's) performance"
PBS-TV SHOW - SONG OF THE MOUNTAINS
"Great band! Michael, Jennifer, and their band were perfect for what we needed”
“Amazing! I'm so glad I got to book (Michael and Jennifer) for our event! They were just perfect!”
GEORGIA CAREER INSTITUTE
“Perfect performers for the event”
KENTUCKY DRAGON BOAT RACES
“Several of my clients that are not necessarily bluegrass fans come to me and ask if I would book them for their functions. They were great!”
“Foot-tapping, hand-clapping good… hang on and enjoy”
“Our experience with the (Michael and Jennifer) was fantastic…also, they were very nice and very easy to work with. I would recommend them to anyone”
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
CORPORATE EVENTS AND PRIVATE FUNCTIONS:
Guests will enjoy some great, authentic bluegrass from Tennessee. Other crowd favorites are recognizable songs by Buck Owens, Johnny Cash and the Beatles. Working with the needs of individual clients, the band can provide a 4-piece band, a professional sound system and stage lighting.
POPULAR "WEDDING PACKAGE":
Couples with a heart for bluegrass music love Michael and Jennifer's tried-and-true Wedding Package! Click "Request Free Quote" to receive a bid your wedding!
COMMUNITY CONCERTS AND OUTDOOR FESTIVALS:
Concerts give Michael and Jennifer a chance to provide an evening of music with more unique material, a bit more personality and song introductions. Specialty instrumental numbers include: Lady of Spain (on 2 banjos), Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major and Latin flavored El Cumbanchero (both on 5-string banjo).
Growing up, Michael performed with his family, the McLain Family Band all across the United states in 49 states, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Brazil, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. He was featured with the Claire Lynch Band on a CD that was nominated for a Grammy.
Jennifer has recorded for Pinecastle Records, performed on the Grand Ole Opry, was featured on Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, and at Busch Gardens - Williamsburg (banjo and saxophone!). She graduated from Elon University with a degree in music performance.
On fiddle, Dan Kelly has toured full time with many major label country artists (Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, Lonestar and more). He has performed on the Grammy, CMA & ACM award shows, the Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman.