About Hickory Robot

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". In 2011 bassist Mike Georgin completed the quartet and a year of constant gigging resulted in a large regional following and a Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination for Best Bluegrass Band.

In October of 2012 the band released their 2nd album, "Sawyer", to even greater acclaim, and a Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination not only for Best Bluegrass Band for the 2nd year in a row, but also for Album of the Year. Citybeat Magazine's summation: "stellar songwriting"; "impeccable musicianship".

2013 has seen the band expand their touring territory, playing festivals and shows throughout the Midwest, opening for acts as diverse as Dr. Ralph Stanley, John Cowan, and Hot Buttered Rum, and continuing to garner praise and gather fans. As one critic pronounced, "The Robot is on the Rise!"

Jim Pelz

Guitars/Vocals

Scott Carnder

Mandolins/Vocals

Lauren Schloemer

Fiddle/Vocals

Mike Georgin

Basses/Vocals

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

Hickory Robot @ Molly Malone's Irish Pub

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

An early evening show at the venerable Pleasant Ridge landmark.
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Hickory Robot @ Party on the Plaza

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm

The monthly Party on the Plaza series takes place at the Anderson Center on Five Mile Rd, and features fantastic food from a number of local restaurants and a great beer selection. We'll be playing from 6-9pm.
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Hickory Robot @ Western Southern US Open Tennis Tournament

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Our 3rd year performing at this great event. We're looking forward to an evening performance this year,
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Hickory Robot @ Bluegrass on the Bandstand

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Always a beautiful evening under the gazebo in Washington Park. This year's show has extended hours, from 7-10pm.
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Hickory Robot @ Rambling House Soda Pop

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Hard to believe, but this will be our first Columbus show. We're looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends and playing this great room we've heard so much about. Join us for a great evening of newgrass (and soda pop).
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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, October, 2012

Music

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.

Store

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.