Hey Mavis was born in 2009 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Michael Stanley Christmas compilation CD and immediately agreed to produce their debut album, Red Wine. The CD quickly 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 string arrangements. This appealed to a more mainstream audience, and Honey Man outsold its predecessor Red Wine by a factor of two while continuing to amass favorable reviews from across the globe.
Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala produced their most recent 2015 release, What I Did. Chuck Auerbach, who wrote the lyrics to the Black Keys song Hard Row, co-wrote the title track, “What I Did” with Hey Mavis.
Over the past five years, Hey Mavis has methodically ramped-up touring efforts, moving from humble porch concerts in the Cuyahoga Valley to recent appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, NPR's Whad'ya Know?, overflow shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and seven consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio.
“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
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. Her banjo playing is of curious origin, but beautifully serves as a foundation for her lyrics. Laurie’s songwriting tells the story of life—with all of it’s beauty, heartache, disappointment and joy—weaving a musical tapestry that speaks the truth of love, life and the human condition.
Eddie Caner (violin, viola profunda) spent a dozen years performing as a sideman in national touring bands and orchestras, including Page & Plant, Luciano Pavarotti, Smokey Robinson, and Natalie Cole. Eddie always amazes the audience with his Hendrix-like tone and precision—he can soar beautifully over Laurie’s vocals or play a raucous, dirgy groove. He was once labeled by the legendary music critic Jane Scott as “the most versatile musician on the planet”. Eddie spends his free time as a physics instructor at Case Western Reserve University.
Bryan Thomas (bass) is a versatile and nationally well-respected musician. He studied Cuban music in Havana with Carlos Del Puerto, served as Ohio Arts Council guest artist-in-residence and toured as bassist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Bryan steals the show every time Hey Mavis performs. His playing is a wonderful body-rhythm-bass conversation, accented by his homemade “Chank-o-matic 6000”, a vintage, weathered tambourine affixed to a stand and pedal. Bryan currently holds the position of Bass Professor at Kent State University and is a sought-after clinician.
Anthony Taddeo is a drummer, composer and Out of the Drawer Percussion (ODP) performing artist. Anthony graduated with honors from The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City and has performed with a wide variety of artists from all genres of music, including Melanie Charles, Nitzan Gavrieli, Rachel Brotman, and Tony & Grammy winner Steve Kazee.
Kevin Johnson graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors in Music Performance. He 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, as well as guitar.
"With seven words, you took me there, I was standing exactly where you stood, and I knew the emotions that flooded your heart."
~Hey Mavis Fan
Hey Mavis has had the privilege of performing at venues such as:
Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Telluride, CO)
The Little Theater (Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival)
Cain Park (Cleveland, OH)
LC Pavilion (Columbus, OH)
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
The State Theater (Cleveland, OH)
The Kent Stage (Kent, OH)
Lock 3 (Akron, OH)
The Sportsmen's Tavern (Buffalo, NY)
The Abilene (Rochester, NY)
The Rongovian Embassy (Trumansburg, NY)
Culture Center Theater (Charleston, WV)
Hamilton Center for the Arts (Hamilton, OH)
Fairfield Community Arts Center (Fairfield, OH)
Paw Paw Festival (Athens, OH)
Turtle Hill Folk Festival (Rochester, NY)
Eastman House (Rochester, NY)
The Historic Taos Inn (Taos, NM)
Adelphia Music Hall (Marietta, OH)
Lancaster Music Festival (Lancaster, OH)
Jefferson Barracks (St. Louis, MO)
The House of Blues (Cleveland, OH)
Myer's Memorial Bandshell (Ashland, OH)
Hoover Auditorium and Pavilion (Lakeside, OH)
The Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH)
Cuyahoga Valley National Park House Concert Series
Mill Creek Concert Series (Youngstown, OH)
Human Rights Coalition Annual Gala (Cleveland, OH)
First Night Akron (Akron, OH)
Akron Firestone Auditorium w/ the Firestone H.S. Orchestra (Akron, OH)
Brookstock (Cleveland, OH)