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 @ Stanley's Pub

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 at 9:30 pm

We're playing a rare weekday show at Stanley's while RMB are on the road. Join us for a lot of jamming and a real good time.
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Hickory Robot @ Taqueria Mercado

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Let's try this again, without the snow. Join us for great Mexican food and some fresh tunes!
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Hickory Robot @ Tunes & Blooms at the Cincinnati Zoo

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Join us on April 16th for a free show at the Zoo, along with Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle. We'll be playing from 6-7pm.
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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


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.