About Hickory Robot

Since their debut in 2008, Hickory Robot has quietly 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 routinely be found at festivals opening for the likes of Dr. Ralph Stanley, John Cowan, and Hot Buttered Rum, to name a few.

Happily, it's on it's way! The quintet of Lauren Schloemer, Scott Carnder, Jim Pelz, Mike Georgin, and Nick Blasky 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.

Jim Pelz


Scott Carnder


Lauren Schloemer


Mike Georgin


Nick Blasky

Drum Set

It’s all there in the name; wood and steel, traditional and technological, whittled and soldered, antique and advanced.

Brian Baker, Citybeat Magazine’s Midpoint Music Festival 2011 Guide

Upcoming Shows

Bluegrass For Babies 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm

We're happy to back at this great event, which also benefits a wonderful cause! There's a lot of great music and food going on, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon with the family. Hickory Robot goes on at 3pm, then stick around for Cabinet, and the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars!
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Hickory Robot @ Devougrass 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm

We're happy to be a part of Devougrass again this year. The event starts at noon, and the lineup includes Vernon McIntyre's Appalachian Grass, the Misty Mountain String Band, and Bawn in the Mash. Robot plays from 5-6pm. More info at www.devougrass.com.
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Hickory Robot @ Operation Pumpkin 2015

Sunday, October 04, 2015 at 3:30 pm

We're happy to be a part of Operation Pumpkin 2015, a Pumpkin & Arts Festival held the weekend of October 2-4th in downtown Hamilton, OH. We'll be closing out the music for the weekend on Sunday afternoon, from 3:30-4:30. Music, art, food, and activities for the whole family all weekend. Info available at www.operation-pumpkin.org .
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Like (Alison) Krauss and her band Union Station, the playing is flawless and inspired, guided by great vocals and melodies.

Mike Breen, Citybeat Magazine, July 6, 2010


Please kick back and enjoy these free samples of our music. Like what you hear? Please support us by purchasing our music from our store or iTunes.


Hickory Robot's first album, Firefly, was released in July of 2010. The second album, Sawyer, was released in October 2012 and was nominated for a 2012 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Album of the Year. Both albums are available on iTunes and most digital download platforms, as well as directly through the band.