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Hickory Robot

Since their debut in 2008, Hickory Robot has steadily become one of the tri-state's pre-eminent Americana bands. Evolving through the years, they continue to weave the threads of bluegrass, folk, Celtic, country, jazz, and rock into a singular, evocative tapestry that has been met with popular and critical acclaim.


Lauded for their polished musicianship, consummate songwriting, and dynamic performances, Hickory Robot has been nominated for three Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in the category of Best Bluegrass Band and an Album of the Year nomination for 2012's "Sawyer".  They are a favorite of fans throughout the Midwest, and can regularly be found at festivals opening for the likes of Dr. Ralph Stanley, John Cowan, and Hot Buttered Rum, to name a few, and headlining events throughout Cincinnati and the Midwest.   


With two CDs under their belt - "Firefly" and "Sawyer" - anticipation is building for the third.  The sextet of Lauren Schloemer, Scott Carnder, Jim Pelz, Nick Blasky, Aaron Jacobs, and Brandt C.P. Smith is expanding it's discography with a collection of new material that continues to explore their diverse influences and meld them into what can only be called Hickory Robot music. 

Some notable festival performances over the band's career include: John Hartford Memorial Festival, Appalachian Uprising, Midpoint Music Festival, Tunes & Blooms, Sun Valley Music Festival, Oxford Wine & Art Festival, Whispering Beard Folk Festival. 

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