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Michael and Jennifer McLain Band

Bluegrass Band from Nashville, TN - Will travel up to 750 miles
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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 or relax to truly artistic background music. 

Gigmasters Awards: Best of 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and Rising Star 2013, 2012, Top Folk Band 2012 

These have been incredible years for us! We were featured on NPR, PBS, and toured the U.S. 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. We were honored to headline concerts and festivals in Glen Saint Mary, FL, Marysville, OH, Marshall, AR, Blountstown, FL, Dallas City, IL, Caruthersville, MO and even had the opportunity to back Justin Rivers (from “The Voice”) at a show in Bowling Green, KY! 

Corporate Clients: U-Haul, Aramark, Subway, Boy Scouts of America (2014 National Meeting), Passport America, LifePoint Hospitals, Hanel Storage Systems, Graincraft, Insurors of Tennessee, Harry Norman Realtors, Keystone Financial Resources, Pruitt Health, Video Gaming Technologies, R.C. Mathews Contractors, Collegiate Paddlesport Symposium, Univ. of Kentucky, Vanderbilt Univ., Country Music Hall of Fame and the Western Kentucky Dragon Boat Races on the Ohio River in Paducah, KY. 

We work with very large, national clients and also small, private functions. We can easily travel to your event of any size. Ask us! 

Wedding Events:
We love the joyful atmosphere of weddings. Our goal is to contribute music that helps to make your special day extraordinary. We are glad to provide light instrumental prelude music while guests are being seated, light hearted songs for the cocktail hour where friends and relatives can celebrate and engage in conversation. For the reception, we pick up the pace with upbeat bluegrass and guests of all ages will enjoy dancing to music from Johnny Cash to the Beatles.

Corporate Events and Private Functions: 
We can keep the atmosphere light for the reception, provide upbeat bluegrass for the kick-off event, or entertainment on the main stage to warm up the crowd before your featured speaker. 

Community Concerts and Outdoor Festivals: 
We provide an evening of music in an artistic and engaging way. In this setting, we play more original material, share a bit of our personality and talk a little about the music we play. Specialty instrumental numbers include: The Lady of Spain (on 2 banjos), Mozart's Piano Sonata in A Major and the Latin flavored El Cumbanchero (both on 5-string banjo). 

Professional Sound System Available: 
We can supply and run all of our own sound equipment and lighting. We have several configurations to fit venues from very intimate to large outdoor spaces. We have lots of experience with live sound and very high quality gear. We offer an exceptional value here. Please let us know if you would like us to take care of it. 

Bio: 
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. Together they have performed in 27 states from New York to California, Canada, and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, CMA's Fan Fair, West Point's Eisenhower Hall, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, TNN, CMT, NPR, and the PBS show, Song of the Mountains, which airs on over 180 Public Television outlets across the United States.

Growing up, Michael performed with his family, the McLain Family Band all across the U.S. in 49 states, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Brazil, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. For several years he toured and recorded as part of the Claire Lynch Band as well as with Dale Ann Bradley. He was featured on a CD with Claire Lynch that was nominated for a Grammy. For 13 years, he taught guitar, banjo, mandolin and bluegrass ensemble in the School of Music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. 

A Virginia girl, Jennifer McLain (mandolin, banjo, vocals) was an artist on Pinecastle Records and has recorded as a harmony vocalist for major labels, indie labels and demos in Nashville. She has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, West Point's Eisenhower Hall, CMA's Fan Fair, and on CMT, NPR and PBS.

They are joined by the fluid, smooth, fiddling of Dan Kelly. A Grand Masters fiddle champion, Dan has toured with Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner and Lonestar. He has performed live on Grammy and CMA award shows, Good Morning America, the Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman.

Rounding out the band on upright bass and harmony vocals is Kori Caswell. She earned a degree in Commercial Bass Performance from Belmont University. in Nashville, TN in 2016.
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Gold Member
50+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!
2013 - Top Folk Band
2012 - Top Folk Band

Wedding

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We knew within the first 5 minutes of speaking to Michael on the phone that we wanted to hire them for our wedding. They accommodated our request of acoustic bluegrass hymns at the ceremony site, cocktail hour background music, and tasteful music for the reception. The sound system they brought never gave feedback or was too loud - it was perfect. They allowed us to use the setup for a few toasts and welcomes, and even helped me achieve a vision of a fun, lively "dollar dance" using a perfect mix of upbeat tunes Michael downloaded and had on a playlist. We even wanted to enter the reception with a certain Hank Williams tune - and they made it happen! THE BEST!!!

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They were fabulous to work with. Very easy to communicate with and quick to respond. The event was long and they attended the event for the better part of the day. When the crowd diminished toward the later part of the evening, their performance did not! They gave a great show and were very professional. We would surely ask them to come again!!

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Corporate Function

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Wow! This band totally exceeded our expectations. Customer service was exceptional! Music could entertain ANY crowd. What a luck find! You will not go wrong with the Banjocats!

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Corporate Events & Conferences
 
  • 4-piece band, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, trio harmony
  • Artistic background music or main stage entertainment
  • Can coordinate with detailed planning
  • Visit "Corporate Events" on our Banjocats website. Over 35 recent clients
Outdoor Festivals & Concerts
 
  • Well-paced, professional sets
  • Artistic and engaging. Specialty instrumentals, Share our personality.
  • Professional website with EPK for promotion - photos, posters, bio & more
  • Visit "Concerts" page on our Banjocats website for details & recent clients
Professional Sound System
 
  • 8 Mics, 2 DIs, full system EQ, 2 stage monitors, up to 4 house speakers
  • 3 hours needed to load in, set up, tune the system, and sound check
  • Years of professional sound experience
  • 3 options: minimal, main system, best
Reserve our popular "Wedding Package"
 
  • Prelude, Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Live Sets for Reception, Dancing
  • Professional sound system included
  • Visit the "Weddings" page on our Banjocats website! Ask us!
  • We cover Gigmasters fee with this all-inclusive package price!
Wedding Ceremony Music
 
  • Violin, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Bass
  • 20 min. of prelude music during the seating of guests
  • Early American, Traditional, Instrumental Hymns, Country Love Songs
  • Joyful music for bridal party to finish exiting
Hit The Road And Go
Johnny Cash
Fluid, Smooth Fiddle Music!
Featuring Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Dan Kelly
I Will
Alison Krauss
Carolina In My Mind
James Taylor
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Here Comes The Sun
Beatles - Our Own Bluegrass Version
Swept Away
Avett Brothers
Visit Our Website To Hear Our New #1 CD
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Banjo Showpieces
Featuring Michael and Jennifer on Banjos
Visit Our Website For Wedding Ceremony Selections
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Please note Michael and Jennifer McLain Band will also travel to Madison, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, La Vergne, Hendersonville, Hermitage, Ridgetop, Smyrna, Antioch, Gladeville, Old Hickory, Lascassas, Arrington, Murfreesboro, Nolensville, Brentwood, Norene, Watertown, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Milton, Auburntown, Castalian Springs, Franklin, Mitchellville, Whites Creek, Christiana, Alexandria, Readyville, Rockvale.
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