Hickory Robot

Cincinnati, Ohio

Hickory Robot is one of the fastest rising Roots bands in the local scene, with its just-released debut album, Firefly, earning universally positive reviews, focusing particular attention on fiddler Lauren Schloemer, whose vocal prowess has been favorably yard-sticked against Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss. But Hickory Robot’s phenomenal sound is centered around the three part harmonies of Schloemer, mandolinist Scott Carnder and guitarist Jim Pelz, anchored by bassist Matt Holt and propelled to the stratosphere by great songwriting that is both traditionally influenced and contemporarily slanted. Long may the Robot run.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: The old time train pulling into Union Station after stops at Dylan Street, Van Zandt Way and the Hartford Interchange. (Brian Baker)