Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats

Bluegrass Band from Atlanta, GA - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$750 - $4500 per event
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About
A fresh blend of remarkable, inspired instrumentals and Jennifer's sweet, pure voice. Bursting with talent. Gigmasters Awards: Best of 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 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 22 states: AL, AR, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, NY, 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, Bolton Landing, NY 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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25+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
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!

Celebration

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Love Love Love Jennifer and Michael! They were perfect for my event. Sound was excellent and they were wonderful to work with. I'm so grateful that they came all the way from Nashville for us. I couldn't recommend them more!!!!

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Wedding Reception

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From start to finish, the Michael and Jennifer McLain Band was outstanding. They were prompt in every interaction, extremely pro-active and engaged in helping to plan the event, and the music was absolutely fantastic. We would highly recommend the band to anyone who is looking for a bluegrass or country band for any occasion.

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Anniversary Party

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CLASS ACT!!! Brilliant Talent! I couldn't offer a higher recommendation to any musical act I've ever seen. Sound, stage, and lighting was perfect. Their performance was joyful, and has truly been refined into an artful expression of classic bluegrass music and southern grace. Michael and Jennifer McClain themselves bring a joy to their music that made our event feel like something very special was be honored. The 50th anniversary party will be one of my family's most fond memories for years to come. Certainly, in great part to the genuine, heartfelt music the Banjocats offered our family. I felt we were VERY lucky to have found them.

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Wedding

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Michael and Jennifer McLain were the least stressful part of my wedding. They had completely open communication with me from the moment I booked to the day of and every one loved the music! They were perfect acoustically and plugged in and I hope I get to see them perform again! Thanks so much for everything, you made our wedding day pure magic!!!!

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Corporate Function

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The kindest most down to earth group of people I've ever met. They have astonishing talent and really bring the life to the party. Everyone at our corporate event loved them! I hope to get to see them again soon! I would recommend them to absolutely everyone! They are just a treat to have.

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Corporate Function

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We could not have been more pleased with the performance at our event by the Banjocats. Entertaining. Engaging. Talented. Brought a smile to the faces of our 1,500 + guests as they enjoyed the music and showmanship. Even more, Michael McLain made it easy and pleasant to be sure the advance preparation details were covered. Looking forward to some future opportunity when the Banjocats can perform for us again.

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Michael and Jennifer McLain Band was the best!!! Well priced and so easy to work with - we had to change our date late in the game and they were flexible with our schedule. Not to mention their sound and vibe was perfection for our LowCountry event - southern yet refined while still being true blue!! Would definitely pick them again.

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Community Event

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Michael and Jennifer were fabulous performers and so easy to work with. They stayed in the time frame, entertained a large mixed crowd, and really kicked our event off to a great start. Extremely professionally and I hope to work with them again in the future.

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Anniversary Party

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Michael and Jennifer made the day truly special. What a great party it was, they played out on the deck, with the mountains as there back drop, and it couldn't have been a more perfect sound. Everyone really enjoyed themselves, if it wasn't for them I think most of the guests would have left much sooner. I couldn't get enough, and they are both so accommodating and professional, I was really impressed!

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Rehearsal Dinner

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This band is truly amazing! They are extremely talented and professional. Our guests wanted them to play forever. The McClain band's performance caused our guests to state that this was the best party they ever attended. I would recommend them to anyone who loves great bluegrass music.

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Outdoor Festivals & Concerts
 
  • Well-paced, professional sets
  • Artistic and engaging. Specialty instrumentals, Share our personality.
  • Professional website with EPK for promotion - photos, posters, bio and more
  • Visit "Concerts" page on our Banjocats website for details & recent clients
Corporate Events & Conferences
 
  • Upbeat and professional
  • 4-piece band, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, upright bass, trio harmony
  • Artistic background music or main stage entertainment
  • See "Corporate Events" on our Banjocats website to see 35+ recent clients
Reserve our popular "Wedding Package"
 
  • Prelude, Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Live Reception Sets, Dancing
  • Professional sound system included - years of experience
  • Visit the "Weddings" page on our Banjocats website for details
  • Booking is a breeze. Ask us!
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
  • Playlists: light instrumental, pop, wedding classics, bluegrass
Wedding Ceremony Music
 
  • Violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, 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
Carolina In My Mind
JAMES TAYLOR
I Will
ALISON KRAUSS
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO'OLE
Swept Away
AVETT BROTHERS
Banjo Showpieces
Featuring MICHAEL AND JENNIFER ON BANJO's
Visit Our Website To Hear Our New CD
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Here Comes The Sun
BEATLES - Acoustic VERSION
Visit Our Website For Wedding Ceremony Selections
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Down To The River To Pray
ALISON KRAUSS
Restless
CARL PERKINS
I've Just Seen A Face
BEATLES - Acoustic VERSION
Home
PHILIP PHILLIPS
When You Say Nothing At All
ALISON KRAUSS
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
MICHAEL AND JENNIFER ON TWO BANJOS
Ring of Fire
JOHNNY CASH
Forever Young
BOB DYLAN
Country Roads
JOHN DENVER
Coat Of Many Colors
DOLLY PARTON
Act Naturally
BUCK OWENS
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
ACOUSTIC SWING
This Old Heart (Is Gonna Rise Again)
Ray Charles
Fly Me To The Moon
ACOUSTIC SWING
Offering
AVETT BROTHERS
Shuckin The Corn
JENNIFER ON BANJO
I Don't Know Why
SHAUN COLVIN
Sweet Georgia Brown
ACOUSTIC SWING
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
BONNIE RAITT & RAY CHARLES
Man of Constant Sorrow
SOGGY BOTTOM BOYS
Lord, Don't Let Me Fail
Mahalia Jackson
Rocky Top
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS
Maiden's Prayer
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
Whiskey Before Breakfast
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
God Bless The Broken Road
RASCAL FLATTS
Whoa Mule
JENNIFER ON BANJO
St. Annes Reel
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
Steel Rails
ALISON KRAUSS
Faded Love
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
You're Just A Country Boy
ALISON KRAUSS
Cherokee Shuffle
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
Away Down The River
ALISON KRAUSS
Ashokan Farewell
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
El Cumbanchero
MICHAEL ON BANJO
Song For Life
ALISON KRAUSS
My Baby Thinks He's A Train
ROSEANNE CASH
Busy Bee Cafe
MARTY STUART
Road to Columbus
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
Forever and Ever Amen
RANDY TRAVIS
Minor Swing
ACOUSTIC SWING
I'm Goin Be Movin
BLUEGRASS GOSPEL
Kentucky Waltz
WEDDING CEREMONY
Love Letters In the Sand
ACOUSTIC SWING
Cincinnati Rag
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
Redwing
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
Southbound
Doc Watson
Grandfather's Clock
MICHAEL ON BANJO
Sledd Ridin
OSBORNE BROTHERS
Let The Light Shine Down On Me
BILL MONROE
On The Sea Of Life
DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER
I'm Ready To Go Home
Louvin Brothers
Up This Hill And Down
ACOUSTIC SWING
Sing, Sing, Sing
Bluegrass Gospel
Jesus Hold My Hand
BLUEGRASS GOSPEL
Workin' On A Building
BLUEGRASS GOSPEL
Would You Go With Me
JOSH TURNER
Tennessee Waltz
BLUEGRASS
Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown
COX FAMILY
This World Is Not My Home
BLUEGRASS GOSPEL
Kentucky Wind
CONTEMPORARY BLUEGRASS
Those Memories
CONTEMPORARY BLUEGRASS
Mozart's Rondo Ala Turk
FEATURING MICHAEL ON BANJO
Lady Of Spain
MICHAEL AND JENNIFER ON TWO BANJOS
Canon In D
WEDDING CEREMONY
Margaret's Waltz
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
Flower In The Wildwood
BLUEGRASS
Wildwood Flower
BLUEGRASS
I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
COX FAMILY
Keep On The Sunnyside
BLUEGRASS
Long Tall Texan
BLUEGRASS
Mcintosh
MICHAEL MCLAIN
Lorelei
MICHAEL ON BANJO
Star Of Munster
IRISH INSTRUMENTAL
Old Joe Clark
MICHAEL AND JENNIFER ON TWO BANJOS
Gracie
MICHAEL MCLAIN
Katy, Bar The Door
Michael McLain
Boom Town
JENNIFER MCLAIN
Roving Gambler
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS
Are You Missing Me
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS
Head Over Heels In Love With You
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS
Listening To The Rain
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS
Doxology
Featuring Michael on Banjo
Rose Of Old Kentucky
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS
Going To See My Baby
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS
Sunny Side of the Mountain
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS
Pardon Me
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS
Blue Moon of Kentucky
TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS
Nobody's Darlin' But Mine
WEDDING
Battle Hymn Of Love
WEDDING
Never Ending Love For You
WEDDING
Ode To Joy
J.S. Bach - Wedding Ceremony
Twilight and Mist
FEATURING GRAND MASTER FIDDLE CHAMPION, DAN KELLY
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
J.S. Bach - Wedding Ceremony
I Cross My Heart
GEORGE STRAIT
Be Thou My Vision
Instrumental Hymn - Wedding Ceremony
What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Instrumental)
Instrumental Hymn - Wedding Ceremony
Amazing Grace
Instrumental Hymn - Wedding Ceremony
Come Thou Fount
Instrumental Hymn - Wedding Ceremony
There Is A Fountain
Instrumental Hymn - Wedding Ceremony
Our Song
Rosemary Ware
Just As Long As I Have You
Lisa Deakins
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Weddings
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Conventions
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Birthday Parties (Adult)
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Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Commitment Ceremonies
Kentucky Derby Parties
Retirement Parties
Wine Tasting Parties
Church Services
Please note Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats will also travel to East Point, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Mansfield, Norcross, Thomasville, Decatur, Hampton, Mc Donough, Howard, Red Oak, Morrow, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Redan, Stockbridge, Clarkdale, Jonesboro, Rex, Locust Grove, Marietta, Ellenwood, Inman, Riverdale, Fayetteville, Forest Park, Griffin, Lovejoy, Conley, Jenkinsburg.
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