Béla Fleck's My Bluegrass Heart Out September 10th

Article Contributed by belafleck.com | Published on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

They nearly always come back. All the people that leave bluegrass. I had a strong feeling that I’d be coming back as well. My Bluegrass Heart is my first bluegrass record in over 20 years. It comes out September 10th but you can hear Charm School (featuring Billy Strings on guitar and Chris Thile on mandolin) right now.

"Charm School" started out with a banjo tune in C, using loads of harmonics. C harm. Get it? In some ways, it’s the wildest and jammiest track on the album, and yet highly melodic and organized. I feel this was the perfect vehicle for this band and the perfect band for this song. And when you think about us musical dogs that sometimes need to go crazy, yet live in a world where we’re expected to follow the rules, maybe it’s the perfect title, too.

I had the pleasure of working with many great musicians on the album. Some are the young stars coming up and some are the legends that played on my first two bluegrass albums.

Sam Bush, David Grisman, Sierra Hull, Dominick Leslie, Chris Thile

Cody Kilby, Molly Tuttle, Billy Strings, Bryan Sutton

Michael Cleveland, Billy Contreras, Stuart Duncan, Andy Leftwich

Paul Kowert, Royal Masat, Edgar Meyer, Mark Schatz

Jerry Douglas

Guest Banjoists:
Noam Pikelny
Tony Trischka

I'll be touring My Bluegrass Heart this fall with two different all-star bands - you won't want to miss out! We'll also be bringing you a very special concert with ALL the artists at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on January 7th, 2022. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 30. See you back on the road (finally)!

Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart Tour
featuring Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, & Bryan Sutton

9.17: Roanoke, VA - Jefferson Center
9.18: Berryville , VA - Watermelon Pickers’ Fest  2021
9.19: Glenside, PA - The Keswick Theatre
9.21: Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
9.22: Bethesda, MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
9.23: Cumberland, MD - DelFest
9.24: Princeton, NJ - McCarter Theatre Center
9.25: Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
9.26: North Adams, MA - FreshGrass
9.28: Kent, OH - The Kent Stage
9.29: Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
9.30: Charlottesville, VA - The Paramount Theater
10.01: Raleigh, NC - IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC

featuring Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, & Bryan Sutton
* = Béla Fleck, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton

11.27: Grand Rapids, MI - DeVos Performance Hall
11.28: Fort Wayne, IN - Clyde Theatre
11.29: Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
12.01: St. Louis, MO - The Sheldon Concert Hall
12.02: Des Moines, IA - Hoyt Sherman Place
12.03: Salina, KS - The Stiefel Theatre
12.04: Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre*
12.05: Jackson, WY - Center For The Arts
12.07: Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
12.08: Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre*
12.09: Eugene, OR - Jaqua Concert Hall (early show)
12.09: Eugene, OR - Jaqua Concert Hall (late show)
12.10: Redding, CA - The Cascade Theatre*
12.11: Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort Casino
12.12: Berkeley, CA - The UC Theatre
12.14: Costa Mesa, CA - Segerstrom Center for the Arts
12.16: San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre
12.17: Los Angeles, CA - Theater at the ACE Hotel
12.19: Tucson, AZ - Fox Tucson Theatre