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"Hickory Robot hail from the fertile acoustic soil of Cincinnati, Ohio. The original trio of guitarist Jim Pelz, mandolinist Scott Carnder, and fiddler Lauren Schloemer came together in 2008 and by 2010 had released an album of critically-praised originals entitled Firefly. Citybeat Magazine noted the "stellar songwriting" and "impeccable musicianship". 2011 saw bassist Mike Georgin complete the quartet and a year of constant gigging that resulted in a Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination for best Bluegrass band.
In October of 2012 the band released their 2nd album, Sawyer, to rave reviews, and was again nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Bluegrass Band. In addition, Sawyer was nominted for Album of the year.
Mike Breen of Cincinnati's Citybeat Magazine noted "...like (Alison) Krauss and her band Union Station, the playing is flawless and inspired, guided by great vocals and melodies...", and predicted "Hickory Robot's future is neon-bright".
Jim Pelz brings a lyrical brand of storytelling and a sophisticated harmonic sense to his songs that engages the listener on multiple levels. His guitar playing complements his writing with a unique and fluid sound devoid of the usual picker’s clichés, finding new paths over familiar landscapes.
Scott Carnderwrites songs often drawn from the traditional themes of bluegrass but arranged with with an ear raised on equal parts Motown and classic rock. His mandolin playing also reflects a broad range of influences, with strong rhythmic drive, deep pocket, and flowing melodic lines ready to take flight.
Lauren Schloemer, a natural singer of great dynamic range, power, and depth, takes their songs and makes them her own, delivering emotive and riveting performances. Equally remarkable is her expressive and adventurous fiddle-playing, which seemlessly melds a beautiful, classically-influenced tone to a warm, country soul.
Bassist Mike Georgin plays both upright acoustic bass and 5-string fretless electric bass. His playing percolates with chords, slides, and counter-melodies, providing not only a striking foundation for the rest of the band, but another superb soloist as well.
The band, brought together by friendship born of a shared love of acoustic music, songwriting, live performance, and improvisation, have created a music that reflects those varied backgrounds while developing a unique and multi-faceted personality all its own."