Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats

Bluegrass Band from Nashville, TN - Will travel up to 1200 miles
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A fresh blend of remarkable, inspired instrumentals and Jennifer's sweet, pure voice. Gigmasters Awards: Best of 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. The 4-piece band provides warm, professional sets to keep the energy up with upbeat bluegrass or relax to truly artistic background music. 

These have been incredible years for us! We were featured on NPR, PBS, RFD, WSM, and toured the U.S. with shows in 21 states: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IA, 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, Reading, PA, 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: IBM, U-Haul, Library of Congress, Aramark, Subway, Boy Scouts of America, Passport America, LifePoint Hospitals, Hanel Storage Systems, Graincraft, Insurors of Tennessee, American Dairy Sciences Assoc., 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.
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50+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 10+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!
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

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Michael and Jennifer and their band were one of the highlights of our wedding this past May. We hired them to be the musicians for the whole wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception). Everyone was enraptured by their lovely music, and we heard nothing but compliments about them all day. They provided the perfect ambiance for our rustic vintage wedding. Also, these are some of the kindest, most accommodating people to work with! They added so much memorable value to our day when the bassist allowed my 88 year-old grandmother to pluck the strings of his bass--a lifelong dream of hers! Truly wonderful people and great musicians!

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Wedding Reception

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The Michael and Jennifer McLain Band were fantastic to work with for an Iowa farm wedding. They were very flexible with any changes on the day and leading up to the wedding. Their ceremony music was acoustic and fit the setting perfectly and their reception music was vibrant and filled the dance floor. They learned special songs for my couple and knocked them out of the park!! As a wedding professional, I cannot recommend Michael and Jennifer enough for weddings!!!

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Rehearsal Dinner

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These people - the whole band- were not only consummate professionals, not only a 10 out of 5 stars on talent, but also exceptionally nice people! They performed at my daughter and son-in-law's rehearsal dinner last summer, and for my son and daughter-in-law's rehearsal dinner this year, there was no other choice! Book this band while they are still available!

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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
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
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Banjo Showpieces
Featuring Michael and Jennifer on Banjos
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Christmas Parties
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High School Reunions
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Super Bowl Parties
Kentucky Derby Parties
Retirement Parties
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Please note Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats 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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