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

Hickory Robot at Plain Folk Cafe

Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Happy to return to our home base for a night of picking and fun!
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Hickory Robot at Adventure Fest

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Spanning more than 1,400 acres in western Hamilton County, Mitchell Memorial Forest is home to a challenging mountain bike trail, fishing pond, picnic areas, hiking trails and more. Adventure Fest will take advantage of these features in a day of fun activities including: 4-mile and 8-mile trail races presented by Topo Adventure Sports Mountain bike demos presented by Montgomery Cyclery Climbing wall Orienteering races and instructional sessions presented by Orienteering Cincinnati Fishing derby for kids ages 5–12 Stand-up paddleboard and kayak demos Kids fun run Animal encounters Nature walks Food trucks Live music Local craft beer
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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.