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Hey Mavis

Member sinceJanuary 31, 2009
LocationKent Ohio
MembersLaurie Michelle Caner, Ed Caner and Bryan Thomas
InfluencesAmericana Rock
Artist Biography:

“Laurie Michelle Caner is a cross between Edgar Allan Poe and Garrison Keillor with a killer voice, a killer banjo, and a killer band."
~Hey Mavis Fan

“…an Appalachian Americana Roots group who take this genre to new heights."
~House of Mercy, London

Americana band “Hey Mavis” has teamed-up with Adam Aijala (guitarist of Yonder Mountain String Band), Chuck Auerbach (co-writer of the Black Keys song Hard Row), and Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Red Clay Ramblers), to create a musical feast that contains a pinch of jazz, bluegrass, old-timey, and folk, and a heaping spoonful of rock. The CD, slated for March 2015 release, is sure to please the band’s current fan base, while enticing new followers (with lyrics, instrumentation and arrangements resonating with both young and old folks alike, it’s common to see a college kid standing next to an eighty-year-old at a Hey Mavis show). According to Auerbach, who co-wrote a song on the CD and is coaching the group from the sidelines, “You can’t really define what category or genre Hey Mavis belongs to, but the vocals are beautiful, the songs are wonderful, and they're great musicians. Only a fool wouldn't love this band.”

On any given day, Hey Mavis bandleaders Laurie and Eddie can be found doing the things that are most important to them—raising a healthy family, creating music and art, and staying connected with their community of friends and fans. Keeping true to their values, the two have methodically walked down a musical career path that has led their group Hey Mavis from humble porch concerts in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest to six consecutive sell-out concerts in their home town of Akron Ohio, to overflow audiences at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Their journey as a band began in 2010, when REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers producer Don Dixon discovered Hey Mavis on a Michael Stanley Christmas compilation CD. Four months later, Dixon produced their debut album, Red Wine. The CD immediately climbed the national Folk DJ-L radio charts, peaking at #5 for overall artist while the songs “Red Light” and “Red Wine” peaked at #5 and #9. The CD finished the year at #13 in Folk Alley’s "Top CD's of 2010" alongside new releases by Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, and Bob Dylan.

In 2013, Dixon produced their second release, Honey Man, which incorporated a fatter sound with guitar, drums, harmonica, and occasional string arrangements. This appealed to a more mainstream audience—Honey Man outsold its predecessor Red Wine by a factor of two and amassed favorable reviews from across the globe. The band’s unique Americana style quickly gained a solid and passionate fan base that continues to grow at a breakneck pace.

More by Hey Mavis:

Already Down
Little Lovebird
Red Wine
Say Hello to Paris

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