Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats

Bluegrass Band from Nashville, TN - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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About
A fresh blend of remarkable, inspired instrumentals and Jennifer's sweet, pure voice. Gigmasters Awards: Best of 2018, 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 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, 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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100+ GigMasters Bookings
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A GigMasters member for 10+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
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!
2018 - Top Bluegrass Band
2013 - Top Folk Band
2012 - Top Folk Band

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Michael and Jennifer McLain and the Banjocats were simply effortless to work with and so incredibly kind. They are true professionals. They knew exactly what to do and what time to do it. They can read a crowd really well and need little to no instruction. They're very experienced and professional yet friendly and very easy to work with. Everyone at the wedding kept saying how wonderfully talented they were. I can’t say enough good things about them and I strongly recommend them to anyone.

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You only allowed 5 stars! They are absolutely outstanding! Obviously happy to join in with us. Treated us like family. The perfect choice! We would definitely have them again

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Michael and Jennifer were absolutely perfect for our wedding! From the very beginning they were professional and easy to work with. They exceeded our expectations, for our venue perfectly, and all of our guests were so impressed with their talent. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed them, and we’re so glad we budgeted our wedding money to include them.

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Michael and Jennifer McLain performed at our wedding and I'm struggling to describe how happy we were. Half the tables we went around to visit told us how much they loved the band and some guests were still talking about them a few days later. It's been two weeks and I'm still listening to their album on Apple Music (and hoping they make a new one...). Besides being amazing musicians, they're just as nice and sweet as they could be. 5 stars doesn't seem like enough!

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Their music was perfect for our wedding. They did an excellent job of mixing just the right amount of foot-stomping faster paced songs with the slow-danicing slower songs. Michael was very helpful and accommodated each and every request that we had. The performance was great and each of our guests said they were the best wedding band they’ve ever seen!

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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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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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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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Having Michael and Jennifer play at our reception was one of the best decisions we made when planning our event! They were so professional and wonderful to work with. We even received a CD from them in the mail with a preview of their music. They also learned and played our first dance song live for us! I can't even count the number of compliments we received on their music from our wedding guests. They provided lovely background music during drinks and dinner and upbeat dancing music afterwards. Thank you Michael and Jennifer!!

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These folks were amazing! From the scheduling process through the performance Jennifer and Michael et al were gracious and accommodating. Their music is wonderful! I highly recommend the Michael and Jennifer McLain Band!

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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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Forever Young
Bob Dylan
When You Say Nothing At All
Alison Krauss
I've Just Seen A Face
Beatles - Our Own Bluegrass Version
Down To The River To Pray
Alison Krauss
Home
Philip Phillips
Country Roads
John Denver
Restless
Carl Perkins
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Michael and Jennifer On Two Banjos
Ring of Fire
Johnny Cash
Coat Of Many Colors
Dolly Parton
Act Naturally
Buck Owens
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Acoustic Swing
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
Wouldn't Matter To Me
Featuring Kori Caswell
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
Traditional
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Traditional
Last Thing On My Mind
Featuring Kori Caswell
God Bless The Broken Road
Rascal Flatts
Whoa Mule
Jennifer on Banjo
St. Annes Reel
Traditional
Steel Rails
Alison Krauss
Faded Love
Traditional
You're Just A Country Boy
Alison Krauss
Cherokee Shuffle
Traditional
Away Down The River
Alison Krauss
Ashokan Farewell
Traditional
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
Traditional
Forever and Ever Amen
Wedding / Randy Travis
Minor Swing
Acoustic Swing
I'm Goin Be Movin
Bluegrass Gospel
Kentucky Waltz
Wedding ceremony
Love Letters In the Sand
Acoustic Swing
Troublesome Creek
Banjo
Cincinnati Rag
Traditional
Redwing
Traditional
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
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
Traditional
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 McLsin
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
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
Wedding / Classical
Twilight and Mist
Wedding / Classical
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Wedding / Classical
I Cross My Heart
Wedding / George Strait
Be Thou My Vision
Wedding / Hymn
What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Instrumental)
Wedding / Hymn
Amazing Grace
Wedding / Hymn
Come Thou Fount
Wedding / Hymn
There Is A Fountain
Wedding / Hymn
Doxology
Wedding / Hymn (Instrumental)
Our Song
Wedding / Original
Just As Long As I Have You
Wedding / Original
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Christmas Parties
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Holiday Parties
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Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Super Bowl Parties
Kentucky Derby Parties
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Church Services
Valentine's Day 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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