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.
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!
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.
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.