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Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper photograph
April 1, 2014

Nathan Livers is the proud owner of a new Vessel Mandolin and is now endorsing these fine instruments. Crafted by Gary Vessel of Thomas and Vessel Stringed Instruments in Turlock, California, Livers has been a fan of these mandolins for some time and approached Vessel about building one specifically for him. "The freedom he gave me to build my instrument was very big," states Gary Vessel. "For a builder, the goal is to have your instruments in the hands of the finest players and enthusiasts one can find. That is not ever easy to do and sometimes it never happens. I couldn't be happier to have a Vessel mandolin in the hands of such an incredible musician as Nathan Livers, not to mention a band as wonderful as Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. The association with such a collection of talent is a dream come true."

Nathan Livers is equally pleased with the new relationship. "Vessel mandolins have the tone, clarity, sustain, volume and build quality that I've been searching for all my musical life," remarks Livers. "Gary Vessel has mastered that elusive 1920s sound and they are truly inspiring mandolins to play. I can't put mine down!"

For more information on Vessel Mandolins, please visit Gary Vessel's blog.

March 25, 2014

Have you ever wondered what bands do on the road between gigs?
Here's a look at what we like to do in our "spare" time!

March 12, 2014

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are honored to take part in a special day of bluegrass to benefit Randy Griffith, father of Flamekeeper bassist Tyler Griffith, who has been having some health issues. The event will take place on March 22nd and begins at 12noon. Several bands will perform throughout the day and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will perform at 5:00pm ET. Admission is $10 at the door.

March 7, 2014

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are proud to announce they are the newest endorsers of String Swing - Guitar Hangers and Instrument Displays. The band took a tour of the Wisconsin-based facility recently and visited with owners Paul Thieman and Anne Tainter who presented the band with products to showcase their instruments on stage and at home. For more than 25 years, String Swing has been crafting the best musical-instrument hangers and display systems available and has become a successful, family-run business. Their products are manufactured in Wisconsin, where they started, and are guaranteed for life!
Photographed here are Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper band members Nathan Livers, Tyler Griffith, and Josh Richards with Anne Tainter.

February 21, 2014

Spring is right around the corner and Summer won't be far behind so there's no better time than right now to prepare for the warmer weather with a brand new Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper T-Shirt! The new shirt sports the official band logo on the front and the band's website on the back. They are navy in color and are available in sizes Small through 3XL! Order Yours Today!