is a charming—and serious—banjo-driven sound… adds up to rocking Appalachian music from Akron, Ohio...
Hey Mavis was born in 2009 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program.
The group has methodically ramped-up touring efforts, moving from humble porch concerts in the Cuyahoga Valley to recent appearances at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, NPR’s Mountain Stage, NPR's Whad'ya Know? and seven consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio.
Laurie Michelle Caner (vocals, banjo, songwriting) is a homeschooling mom, a songwriter, and Ms. May in the 2015 Banjo Babes Calendar. She has been hailed as a role model for mothers who strive to honor their own artistic vision while continuing to raise a healthy family. Laurie’s songwriting tells the story of life, weaving a musical tapestry that speaks the truth of love, life and the human condition.
Eddie Caner (violin, viola profunda) can soar beautifully over Laurie’s vocals or play a raucous, dirgy groove. He was once labeled by legendary music critic Jane Scott as “the most versatile musician on the planet.”
Bryan Thomas (bass) is a versatile and nationally well-respected musician. His playing is a wonderful body-rhythm-bass conversation, accented by his homemade “Chank-o-matic 6000,” a vintage tambourine affixed to a stand and pedal.
Anthony Taddeo is a drummer, composer and Out of the Drawer Percussion (ODP) performing artist. Anthony has performed with a wide variety of artists from all genres, including Tony & Grammy winner Steve Kazee.
Kevin Johnson spent five years traveling the continents playing music on various international cruise ship lines. He currently teaches and gigs in Northeast Ohio primarily on upright and electric bass.