"With seven words, you took me there, I was standing exactly where you stood, and I knew the emotions that flooded your heart."
"…this crew could single handedly ignite a whole new folk music scare. Killer stuff"
"…an Appalachian Americana Roots group who take this genre to new heights."
~House of Mercy, London
With quotes like this, the buzz surrounding Hey Mavis' recent release, Honey Man, is getting louder. It is not just local music fans paying attention anymore. Hey Mavis released Honey Man (their second CD) to a sold-out crowd at Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in February 2013. In the short amount of time since the release, tracks off of the new CD are getting airplay in London, the Netherlands, and all across the US.
If you are unfamiliar with the music of Hey Mavis, it is time you entered their world of "Appalachian Americana". With banjo, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, kick drum and harmonica, they easily move from a softly orchestrated lullaby to a raw and raucous love song.
Hey Mavis is Laurie Michelle Caner (banjo/vocals/songwriting), Eddie Caner (fiddle/viola), Brent Kirby (guitar/vocals/kick drum/harmonica) and Bryan Thomas (upright bass/Chank-o-matic 6000).
Laurie Michelle Caner lives her songs, every time she sings them. Her banjo playing is of curious origin, but beautifully serves as a strong foundation for her lyrics, lifting the audience out of their world and into hers.
Eddie Caner always amazes the audience with what he can make his fiddle and viola do. He can soar beautifully over Brent and Laurie's vocals or play a dirgey riff that perfectly sets the mood for a somber tune. He has traveled the globe and shared the stage with an endless list of successful and talented musicians (including Jimmy Page and Luciano Pavarotti).
Brent Kirby is a one-man-band on stage. He plays guitar, kick-drum, harmonica and sings, all with the enthusiasm and conviction of a man who knows he is exactly where he should be. Brent's vocals are smooth and soulful and convey his endless dedication to his music.
Bryan Thomas steals the show every time. The groove he lays down is the heartbeat of the band. His playing is like this wonderful body-rhythm-bass conversation, accented by his homemade "Chank-o-matic 6000", a vintage, weathered tambourine affixed to a stand and pedal.
REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers producer Don Dixon "discovered" Hey Mavis when they were featured on a 2009 Christmas compilation. Four months later, Dixon produced their debut CD, 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.
Laurie was a founding member of the regionally-acclaimed female vocal group "The Rhondas" and has facilitated songwriting workshops at venues such as the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Lakeside, and First Night Akron.
Eddie has performed worldwide with so many amazing artists...there is not enough room here to list them all, but, here are a few:
Guster, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Pete Wernick, Yonder Mountain String Band, Al Jarreau, Carly Simon, Leftover Salmon, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clemens, John Hartford, Tony Rice, Luciano Pavarotti, Mannheim Steamroller, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, The Moody Blues, Yes, The 3 Irish Tenors, Ray Price, Harry Connick, Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Trey Anastasio, Ekoostik Hookah, Chris Eldridge, Clyde Brooks, Benny Galloway.