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Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
January 26, 2015

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper announce a new single from their latest album, On Down the Line. "Too Late for Goodbyes" is a hard-driving bluegrass take on the Julian Lennon hit from 1984. Propelled by instrumental trades between banjo player Glenn Gibson and Cleveland, the bluegrass version is an unexpected twist on what was originally a rock song steeped in the electronic synth sounds of the era.

"Singer Josh Richards tackles Julian Lennon’s "Too Late For Goodbyes" to open proceedings and it makes for a far more effective bluegrass song than you could have imagined." – Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine

"On Down the Line, a terrific record by any standard, illustrates the band’s elevated cohesion and vibrant interplay even as it highlights the selflessness Cleveland brings to his bandleader’s calling." – David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

On Down the Line is led by nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland. Michael is currently celebrating his 2015 SPBGMA nomination for Fiddle Performer of the Year. The group's virtuosic style and traditional bluegrass sound have never been better represented or received such high praise.

The album's fourteen tracks showcase Flamekeeper's rich instrumental blend and tight, three-part vocal harmonies with tunes that span from straight-ahead bluegrass (“Fiddlin’ Joe," "Orange Blossom Special") to melodic, heart-felt songs such as "Just Call Me Crazy" and the imaginative reworking of the traditional "Jack O'Diamonds" as a solo fiddle tour de force.

Call you favorite radio station and request "Too Late for Goodbyes" by Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper today!

January 19, 2015

Michael Cleveland recently visited with radio programmer Kate Lochte at WKMS - Murray State's NPR Station about the Flamekeeper show coming up on January 23rd at the famed Kentucky Opry in Benton. You can enjoy the complete interview here!

For complete details including ticket information on the Kentucky Opry show this Friday, January 23rd, follow this link!!

December 10, 2014

The best present one can give for the holidays is the gift of music! And in honor of that giving spirit, Michael Cleveland is offering a special deal on fiddle lessons for intermediate to advanced players - Buy 3 Get 1 Free!
Lessons are given via *Skype and are available in your choice of either 30 or 60 minute increments. Students are welcome to record the lessons -- video and/or audio -- for their own use.

Complete information including instructions on purchasing "Cleveland for Christmas" is available by clicking the "LESSONS" tab above or follow this link:
Better hurry - this offer ends December 31, 2014!

(*Skype is a free video calling application. You'll need a computer with a microphone, speakers, a camera, and a high-speed internet connection. For information about Skype, visit this link.)

November 20, 2014

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are featured in the December issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine! In addition to a fantastic article by Derek Halsey, the band is also on the cover. The magazine is available now - check it out at!
In addition, the magazine reviewed the band's new CD, "On Down the Line" in their November issue. Read the complete review here:

November 14, 2014

"Fiddlin' Joe," the first single from Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper's new CD, "On Down the Line" is topping charts! It is #1 for November's SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Tracks chart and #1 on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Songs chart for November 14th. We hope you enjoy this video of the band performing the song live!