Michael and Jennifer McLain Band, featuring Dan Kelly

Husband and wife, Michael and Jennifer McLain, both grew up touring and performing in musical families, are both banjo players, and have been playing together since their first date. ‰Û¬Together they have performed in 27 states from New York to California, Canada, and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, Kentucky Educational Television, Iowa Public Television, The Nashville Network, Country Music Television, RFD Television, National Public Radio, and the PBS show, Song of the Mountains, which airs on over 180 Public Television outlets across the United States.

Growing up, Michael performed with his family, the McLain Family Band all across the United states in 49 states, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Brazil, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center, and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. For several years he toured and recorded as part of the Claire Lynch Band as well as with Dale Ann Bradley. He was featured on a CD with Claire Lynch that was nominated for a Grammy. For 13 years, he taught guitar, banjo, mandolin and bluegrass ensemble in the School of Music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

Jennifer has recorded vocals for major label, independent label, and demo sessions in Nashville. She has shared the stage with Vince Gill, Lionel Cartwright, Richard Marx, and Justin Rivers (from ‰ÛÏthe Voice). Jennifer‰Ûªs voice is pretty like Alison Krauss, but reflects where she is from in the Blue Ridge region of Virginia. At an early age, Jennifer won awards at banjo competitions such as the Galax Fiddler’s Convention and went on to be a featured performer at Busch Gardens – Williamsburg and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Jennifer graduated from Elon University in Elon, NC with a degree in Music Performance (saxophone!) and holds a Masters degree in Counseling. She is a member of the Christ Church choir in Nashville, TN.

They are joined by Dan Kelly on fiddle. Starting at an early age, Dan became known for fluid, smooth playing. He earned state fiddle champion titles in seven states before he came to Nashville to win the Grand Masters Championship at the age of seventeen. While in Nashville, he met Roy Acuff and became part of Acuff‰Ûªs Smokey Mountain Boys. Here Dan learned more about the essence of old-time country music as he performed on the Grand Ole Opry for the next eight years.

Beginning in the 1990‰Ûªs, Dan toured in the bands of many major label country artists (Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Faith Hill, Steve Wariner, Lonestar and more). During this time, he performed at the Kennedy Center, the Grammy, CMA & ACM award shows, the Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Good Morning America, and Carnegie Hall. In the 2000’s, Dan also performed as part of the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band all over the U.S.