Michael Cleveland received a GRAMMY Nomination
For his Compass Records album, Fiddler’s Dream Michael Cleveland received a GRAMMY Nomination. The GRAMMY Awards will take place in New York City on Sunday, January 28th, and will air on CBS.
Flamekeeper – The Michael Cleveland Story Due for Release in 2018
Charlestown, IN—The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has announced nominations for music’s most prestigious honor, and fiddle prodigy Michael Cleveland is among the cream of the crop with his GRAMMY-nominated Fiddler’s Dream in the Best Bluegrass Album category.
Michael Cleveland is the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) most awarded Fiddle Player with an unprecedented TEN trophies to his credit and fronts one of the most hard-driving bluegrass bands in the business, Flamekeeper. Together, they have released multiple critically acclaimed albums, won the IBMA’s Instrumental Group of the Year FIVE times, and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year SIX times.
With this GRAMMY nominated solo release, Fiddler’s Dream, Cleveland delivers his finest studio album to date: full of the fire and finesse that has earned him fans from across the globe. Highlights include a blistering performance of the Arthur Smith penned title track “Fiddler’s Dream,” a step out vocal from Sam Bush on the John Hartford classic “Steamboat Whistle Blues,” and a twin fiddle showdown on the Bill Monroe classic “Tall Timber” featuring Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band). Additional guests include Jerry Douglas (Dobro), Jeff Guernsey (guitar), Lloyd Douglas (banjo), Andy Statman (mandolin), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Vince Gill (vocals), and co-producer, Jeff White (guitar and vocals).
Earlier this week, an announcement was made regarding the making of a feature-length documentary film starring Cleveland. The film not only focuses on his music career but also offers poignant glimpses into his personal life and how he navigates the world without sight. Produced by documentarian John Presley who has been shadowing Michael for nearly a year, Flamekeeper – The Michael Cleveland Story will be released in 2018.
“He plays fearless and it’s intoxicating to play with him because he makes you play fearless,” says Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill. “He takes no prisoners but he plays with a restraint and a soul. He plays without abandon. It’s wicked to see how much music he pulls out of a bow. He’s untouchable.”
For more information on Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, including a complete list of tour dates, information on Flamekeeper – The Michael Cleveland Story, and Cleveland’s recent GRAMMY nomination, please visit www.flamekeeperband.com.
About Michael Cleveland
The world tends to look at accomplishments in the form of accolades and although only in his mid-30’s, Michael Cleveland has plenty to his credit. Cleveland, who was born completely blind and as a child lost 80% hearing in his left ear, picked up a fiddle at age four, and his musical momentum began to propel him forward towards early success. “When I started taking lessons,” he remembers, “I told the teacher right up front that I wanted to learn how to play bluegrass and I wanted to play ‘Orange Blossom Special.'” Reluctant as they were, his teachers quickly found the reason to his rhyme, helping him progress to the point when, at age nine, he was invited to jam with the legendary Bill Monroe at the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Soon after, Cleveland brought his virtuosic style to the Grand Ole Opry as a guest of Alison Krauss and was hand-picked for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Youth All-Stars before he was 14. His blistering prowess and technical fluency have since marked him as a sought-after musician, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Tim O’Brien, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Andy Statman, and The Kruger Brothers in recent years. However, it wasn’t until 2006, when Cleveland formed his own band Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, that he found the right vehicle for his musical vision, and he hasn’t rested since constantly looking for new ways to push himself and his music forward.
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