Juniper Mays
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Juniper Mays

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Band Rock Folk




"From the Music Editors"

Folk and bluegrass group Juniper Mays – Robert McHugh, Erik Smith, Dan Schmelzer and Kyle Hendrix – pays lighthearted ode to the "trials and tribulations of living life," "women" and "Ireland," among many other twenty-something struggles. It's all nestled within Phish guitars, chug-a-lug bass trains and McHugh's slightly rusted pipes, which invite comparisons to the Avett Brothers and O.A.R. (Gavin Paul) - Centerstage Chicago


July 2010- Released debut album "Like a Feather"
- Track 1 "Tillers" featured on 93.1 WXRT Chicago
- Track 3 "Down Easy" featured on 93.1 WXRT Chicago
- Track 5 "Like a Feather" featured on 105.5 The Kat Kankakee, IL
- Entire Album featured on 101.7 WGEL Greenville, IL

December 2012- "We Sing What We Say" (LP)



Focused around the original songs and singing of Robert McHugh, led by the guitar playing of Erik Smith, Matt Wegrzyn on keyboards and held down by the rhythm section of Kyle Hendrix on drums and Dan Schmelzer on bass guitar, Juniper Mays was born by a spontaneous chemistry in early 2007. Formed by friends pursuing musical interests across the spectrum, the guys coincidentally began performing together at bars, parties and festivals where instruments were close at hand. Playing many shows under different names and never knowing exactly what was going to happen, it was only a matter of time before other acts and venues requested Juniper Mays to perform. With all four members having previous professional experience ranging from Erik Smith touring the country with nationally recognized acts to Robert McHugh living in Ireland performing his music, making the jump to becoming a band was a natural one.