New Music Video Release "It's a Life" 

"It's a Life"...perhaps the most difficult song I have written thus far. A song about the life and death of my father, William F. Dent. How do you honor, celebrate and grieve a life...all in a 5 minute song? I mean, the great songwriters make it seem so easy (don't we all marvel at how effortlessly a John Prine song can wrap its arms around you and transfer the love, humor, beauty and pain of someone else's life?). I wanted the song to be bigger than my own grief...bigger than my own sense of loss and regret. I didn't want the song to bring the listener into a valley of mourning for 5 minutes...only to leave them there, with no way out. I needed the song to lift me out and, hopefully, lift us all up. 

My dad gave me so much...most of it I did not appreciate until the very end of his life. We know this already, but I will say it anyway: Do not wait until the moment of someone's last breath to say "thank you"..."I love you"..."I appreciate what you did for me". 

The time is now...every breath is a gift, every life is important and worth living...hold each other up...breathe deeply...the time is now.

New Release Now Available in Our Store!!!! 

Our new release, Silver Ribbon Dream~Songs and Stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal, is now available in our store. A 28-page book of beautiful illustrations by Leandra Drumm with a 10-song CD of original songs by Laurie Michelle Caner. Get yours today here!!!!!!


Here's a sample of Leandra's beautiful artwork for our upcoming release Silver Ribbon Dream: Songs and Stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Enjoy!

“MARVELOUS—you heard words like that after Hey Mavis played two packed shows last June (2014) at the Little Theatre during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival…This is a charming—and serious—banjo-driven sound…adds up to rocking Appalachian music from Akron, Ohio.”

-The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle


“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


"The first thing that struck me about HEY MAVIS was the quality of the writing...I was eager to find out as much as I could about (Laurie Michelle Caner) and see what else she had lurking in her mind.”

~Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens, Hootie & the Blowfish, Red Clay Ramblers, Mary Chapin Carpenter)


"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