Hey Mavis ~ Sensual & Innovative Roots Music

“Hey Mavis has the qualities I love in a great band - originality, solid musicianship, amazing vocals and an openness to experimentation.”    
- Adam Aijala, Yonder Mountain String Band

Cool Venues and Performances: Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know; 
Mountain Stage, WV; 
Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester, NY; and

"This crew could single handedly ignite a whole new folk music scare. Killer stuff."
-Midwest Record-

Hey Mavis News

Free Download 

Now through the end of April, we are offering a free download of our new single, "Yes, the Gypsy Music".  All you have to do is sign-up for our mailing list (sign-up here)!  The song was inspired by the love affair of Clara Ward, the daughter of Michigan's first millionaire, and Rigo Jancsi, a gypsy violinist.

New Merch Available!!!! 

Well, now...she has done it again!  Just when we think our mighty Laurie Michelle Caner can't fit anything else into her schedule, she goes and teaches herself how to screenprint!!!  So, now we have some awesome "What I Did" merchandise available!  We have t-shirts, both new and upcycled, and we have kitchen towels (of course). We will have the new merch up soon on our store page.  If you can't wait until then, send us an email and we will see what Laurie is cooking up in her tiny little basement workshop for you!

Press Release for New CD, What I Did 

Hey Mavis ratchets-up their widespread appeal with new CD What I Did

Americana band “Hey Mavis” has teamed-up with Adam Aijala (guitarist of Yonder Mountain String Band), Chuck Auerbach (co-writer of the Black Keys song Hard Row), and Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Red Clay Ramblers), to create a musical feast that contains a pinch of jazz, bluegrass, old-timey, and folk, and a heaping spoonful of rock. The CD, slated for March 2015 release, is sure to please the band’s current fan base, while also enticing new followers (with lyrics, instrumentation and arrangements resonating with both young and old folks alike, it’s common to see a college kid standing next to an eighty-year-old at a Hey Mavis show). According to Auerbach, who co-wrote a song on the CD and is coaching the group from the sidelines, “You can’t really define what category or genre Hey Mavis belongs to, but the vocals are beautiful, the songs are wonderful, and they’re great musicians. Only a fool wouldn't love this band.”

What I Did is Adam Aijala’s first endeavor in the role of producer. Like Auerbach, Aijala felt a heavy attraction to the songwriting and the melodies conjured-up by Laurie Michelle Caner. “Hey Mavis has the qualities I love in a great band; originality, solid musicianship, amazing vocals and an openness to experimentation. Their sound has an overall folky feel, but a touch of rock n' roll as well. If you haven't heard them I encourage you to check them out..”

The CD was recorded and mixed by Don Dixon, who still uses old-school technology and some of the same vintage gear that he used for recording the first three REM albums.  After working with Hey Mavis on three albums, Don probably describes the band the best:

“Wrapped in original songs whose styles range from old timey to jazzy to blistering alt rock, Laurie's voice turns from cold steel to melted butter in the time it takes your heart to break."  - Don Dixon

Spring CD Release Tour Unfolding 

More to come...

Feb 28    Thomas, WV - Purple Fiddle w/ Anthony Taddeo on drums and percussion
March 7   Cincinnati, OH - UC Blue Ash Performing Arts Center w/ Anthony Taddeo and Kevin Johnson
March 12 Rochester, NY - The Abilene TWO SHOWS
March 13 Buffalo, NY - Sportsmen's Concert Club
March 14 Columbus, OH -  Natalie's

New Release Coming Soon! 

We are very excited to announce the release of our new single, "Love We Give".  We had a successful video shoot for the song...thanks to all our fans for coming to the shoot!  For a little preview of the video, please visit Jerry Mann, Photogtapher's Facebook Page.  You can catch Hey Mavis live at a special house concert in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Sunday, November 16.  Check our Tour Page for details.  We hope to see you soon!

Thank you, Summer! 

Thank you to all who joined us at our summer shows!  We got to play some of our favorite venues, both in town and out.  The picture posted here is from Cain Park in Cleveland, where we were joined by a dramatic thunderstorm and many dedicated fans.  As we wind down our summer, we will be spending Fall working on our third CD.  We had some amazing recording sessions with Don Dixon and Adam Aijala.  We are planning a late Fall release.  Check back here on our website, or on our Facebook page, for updates!  We will see you soon!

Goodbye 2013! 

As 2013 winds down, we are reflecting on all the beautiful people we met and amazing venues we played.  What a fantastic year!  We are looking forward to ringing in 2014 at one of our favorite local venues, The G.A.R. Hall!   Please see our Tour page for details on our New Year's Eve Hey Mavis Hootenanny!