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


Scott Carnder


Lauren Schloemer


Mike Georgin


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 @ Bluegrass for Babies

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

We're proud to be the headlining act at this year's Bluegrass for Babies concert at Sawyer Point. The lineup also includes The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers. A little bit about the event: "Bluegrass for Babies is a unique, family-friendly benefit concert hosted by the Healthy Roots Foundation. 100% of proceeds benefit Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The entire event is organized as an interactive family experience focused on positive (and fun!) family health practices. Each themed area will have games, crafts and giveaways provided by our community partners. Bluegrass for Babies is an official Giving Hope fundraising event for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Proceeds from the Bluegrass for Babies Benefit Concert have raised nearly $100,000 for the Cincinnati Children’s Perinatal Institute since its inception in 2009."
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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


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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.