You are cordially invited to a CD Release Showcase for the Michael and Jennifer McLain Band, featuring Dan Kelly! Bluegrass by the Barn will be held at the Arrington Vineyard southeast of Franklin, TN, outside of Nashville. Please join them for a CD Release Party on October 16th! They will be at the Bluegrass Stage (6362 Cox Road, Arrington, TN) from 2 – 6pm. The whole band will be there including Dan Kelly and Kori Caswell. Our new CD, "Hit The Road And Go" is ready for release!
Michael and Dan both have special connections to the rockabilly song, "Restless." Michael was in the studio for the 1991 Grammy winning session with Mark O’Connor and guests Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and Steve Wariner, and Dan was touring with Steve Wariner when this song was a hit on country radio.
Michael remembers: “Ricky asked me to bring his guitar rig to the studio on Music Row for the session. For the guitar “shootout” at the end of the song, producer, Jim Ed Norman, told the three guitarists “were not stopping and we’re not going back!” And it was an honor to sit with Steve Wariner while he worked out the twin line for one of the solos.”
Michael and Jennifer come together on banjos for “Lady of Spain.” Michael's dad, Raymond K. McLain, loved to play accordion. They don't have an accordion, so here is the next best thing… two banjos! The album offers more fun surprises. Click Here to hear samples of this exciting new release.
Husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain, both grew up touring and performing 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, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, The Nashville Network, Country Music Television, RFD Television, National Public Radio, 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 United states in 49 states, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Brazil, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, 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.