The McLains

“The McLains” brings bluegrass, gospel to Renaissance Center stage Oct. 12

Release Date: 9/27/2002. Expired: 10/12/2002

Dickson residents Michael and Jennifer McLain lead one of the most dynamic, spirited and creative groups performing bluegrass, gospel, original and traditional music.

The McLains bring their special blend of music to The Renaissance Center’s Performance Hall for a 7 p.m. concert Oct. 12. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children under 13.

“It is just amazing the talent we can find right here in our own backyard,” said Elaine Sherrill, senior director of Music at The Renaissance Center. “Michael and Jennifer make their home right here in Dickson, yet they both share a musical heritage that has taken them all over the country. We are thrilled to present them in a concert in their own hometown. Jennifer has been on our stage performing as a member of The Renaissance Center’s Community Concert Band while Michael performed here as director of the Belmont Bluegrass Ensemble.”

The McLains includes the vocal and instrumental talents of Michael Kane McLain (guitar and banjo), Jennifer Banks McLain (mandolin and banjo), Joel Whittinghill (fiddle) and Todd Cook (bass).

“I had such a great time performing at The Renaissance Center as director of the Belmont University Bluegrass Ensemble,” said Michael McLain. “Jennifer and I are really looking forward to bringing our band to the Performance Hall. We’re glad to have the chance to meet more of our neighbors here in Dickson and share an enjoyable evening of singing, fiddle and banjo music.”

As husband and wife for the past five years, Michael and Jennifer McLain have performed together in 27 states from New York to California as well as Canada and have developed a strong following through performances for arts councils, community concert series, churches, schools, bluegrass festivals, conventions and fairs.

They have appeared on TNN’s Crook and Chase, the Grand Ole Opry, WSM’s Midnight Jamboree, Iowa Public Television’s Old Time Country Music series and as a part of the West Point Military Academy Arts Series.

The group comes from the tradition of one of America’s most prominent musical families, The McLain Family Band out of Berea, Ky. For 12 years, Michael performed with his family in 49 states and overseas, including performances at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, the Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1994 he joined Grammy nominee Claire Lunch and the Front Porch String Band after graduating from Belmont University with a bachelor of Commercial Music degree.

Jennifer McLain grew up in a musical family from Hillsville, Va., and is widely known in the southeast as an award-winning banjo player. Known as Reva Banks and the Country Folk, her family performed at Radford University, The Carter Family Homeplace, the Andy Griffin Playhouse as well as many other venues throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

She graduated from Elon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and went on to become a featured performer at the Busch Gardens Theme Park in Williamsburg. Jennifer has developed a following in the Nashville area performing at churches and other events with Lisa Stewart and Jennifer McCarter. She brings strong, versatile vocals and musicianship to the group to help create its distinctive sound.

For more information on The McLains concert at The Renaissance Center, call (615) 740-5545. To purchase tickets, call (615)740-5570 or at the center’s box office, 855 Highway 46 South, Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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