Michael Cleveland Receives GRAMMY Nomination

Article Contributed by East Public Re… | Published on Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has announced nominations for music's most prestigious honor, and fiddle prodigy Michael Cleveland is among the cream of the crop with his GRAMMY nominated Fiddler's Dream in the Best Bluegrass Album category. 
Michael Cleveland is the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) most awarded Fiddle Player with an unprecedented TEN trophies to his credit and fronts one of the most hard-driving bluegrass bands in the business, Flamekeeper. Together, they have released multiple critically acclaimed albums, won the IBMA's Instrumental Group of the Year FIVE times, and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year SIX times. 
With this GRAMMY nominated solo release, Fiddler's Dream, Cleveland delivers his finest studio album to date: full of the fire and finesse that has earned him fans from across the globe. Highlights include a blistering performance of the Arthur Smith penned title track “Fiddler’s Dream,” a step out vocal from Sam Bush on the John Hartford classic “Steamboat Whistle Blues,” and a twin fiddle show down on the Bill Monroe classic “Tall Timber” featuring Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band). Additional guests include Jerry Douglas (Dobro), Jeff Guernsey (guitar), Lloyd Douglas (banjo), Andy Statman (mandolin), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Vince Gill (vocals), and co-producer, Jeff White (guitar and vocals). 
Earlier this week, an announcement was made regarding the making of a feature length documentary film starring Cleveland. The film not only focuses on his music career, but also offers poignant glimpses into his personal life and how he navigates the world without sight. Produced by documentarian John Presley who has been shadowing Michael for nearly a year, Flamekeeper - The Michael Cleveland Story will be released in 2018. 
“He plays fearless and it’s intoxicating to play with him because he makes you play fearless,” says Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill. “He takes no prisoners but he plays with a restraint and a soul. He plays without abandon. It’s wicked to see how much music he pulls out of a bow. He’s untouchable.”
For more information on Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, including a complete list of tour dates, information on Flamekeeper - The Michael Cleveland Story, and Cleveland's recent GRAMMY nomination, please visit www.flamekeeperband.com.