Award-winning Traditional Bluegrass!

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
June 25, 2014

We have brand new music and we are thrilled to say it is officially available for pre-order now! "On Down the Line" is our new CD on Compass Records and features 14 tracks including the first single, "Fiddlin' Joe!". Copies will be sent out on July 22nd so grab your Pre-Order today!

June 18, 2014

Compass Records has released new music from Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper today! "Fiddlin' Joe", written by Mark Brinkman is one of 14 tracks from the band's upcoming CD, On Down the Line, due for release on July 22nd. Enjoy this performance video of "Fiddlin' Joe!"

June 17, 2014

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper just wrapped up a fantastic weekend of shows in Kentucky. They performed on Friday at the Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington and on Saturday for the Official Kentucky State Championship Old Time Fiddlers Contest in Elizabethtown. Journalist Walter Tunis reviewed the Festival of the Bluegrass for The Musical Box
offering glowing remarks for Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper's performance and included photos by Rich Copley. Read the complete review here

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!