Award-winning Traditional Bluegrass!

March 4, 2015

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are proud to announce "Fiddlin' Joe," the first single from their Compass Records release, On Down the Line, has reached #1 on the National Bluegrass Survey's Top 30 Songs chart for March. "Fiddlin' Joe" was written specifically for the band by Mark "Brink" Brinkman, a 2014 nominee for IBMA's Songwriter of the Year award. Additionally, "On Down the Line" has spent six months on the Top 15 Albums chart and is #8 for March and is #1 on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart!

Lauded as Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper's best album to date, On Down the Line features fourteen tracks that showcase the band'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. The album's second single, "Too Late For Goodbyes," has made its debut on the March Top 30 Songs chart at #29.

With the success of the band, it is no surprise they have been invited to headline the Imagine Awards, an annual event produced by Rauch, Inc., a New Albany, Indiana based non-profit organization that supports people with disabilities and their families in nine area counties. Although Cleveland shies away from the notion that he is an inspiration to others, he is still humbled to be part of such a great event. "Being unable to see is my normal, I've never known anything different," states Cleveland. "Still, I realize I've been able to accomplish a lot and I am honored to bring my band to the Imagine Awards and show people with disabilities that they, too, can accomplish anything they set their mind and heart on." Cleveland is featured in this week's edition of the News And Tribune's "So In" Magazine!! with an interview about his involvement in the Imagine Awards.

The Imagine Awards will take place on Saturday, March 7th in Elizabeth, Indiana. More information on the awards can be found at

February 3, 2015

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are proud to welcome Gaven Largent as their newest member. Largent will make his official debut as a Flamekeeper member in Nashville, Tennessee when the band plays the world famous Station Inn and SPBGMA Convention this weekend.

A proud Virginia native, Gaven Largent was born in Winchester to a musical family: his father is a church organist and his grandfather has played in several local bluegrass gospel bands around the Shenandoah Valley. Largent was first introduced to bluegrass by his aunt and uncle who had an extensive collection of traditional bluegrass records and took him to many shows around the area. He started playing the guitar at age eight and a year later began playing resophonic guitar, his primary instrument. At age ten Largent began playing the banjo and soon started entering contests around Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. To date, Gaven has won numerous contests including: Best All Around Performer at the Galax, VA Fiddler’s Convention (2010); 1st place in the Maryland State Banjo Competition (2008); and 1st place in the Galax Dobro Competition (2008, 2010). In 2009 he was honored to be an invited guest performer with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage at the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry. Since 2012 Largent has performed in several bands including Bud’s Collective and Lonesome Highway. He plays a Gold Star banjo and endorses Schoonover Guitars.

Largent will be replacing former Flamekeeper member, Glenn Gibson, who took a break from traveling the end of 2014. "Gaven is an incredible musician who plays way beyond his years," stated Michael Cleveland. "He has his own style on both banjo and dobro and he definitely has the flash to go along with it. He knows when to play and when not to, which is sometimes most important. You can tell that he listens to everyone around him and does his best to compliment and enhance the sound of the band. I've been fortunate enough to get to play with some really incredible musicians, but I've never heard someone so advanced for his age."

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will perform in Nashville at the world famous Station Inn on Friday, February 6th and the National SPBGMA Convention on Saturday, February 7th.

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.)