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Mandolin Mondays #124 w/ Special Guest Michael Cleveland

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The one and only Michael Cleveland sets down his fiddle to play us an original mandolin tune for this week's Mandolin Monday! What a hoss! And that Gilchrist mando isn't too shabby either!



10-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, and Grammy Award-Winning recording artist Michael Cleveland is the real deal! He's played fiddle with all the bluegrass legends, including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. Michael toured full time with Rhonda Vincent and with Dale Ann Bradley before striking out on his own to start the acclaimed and award-winning band Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper.

His most recent solo record Fiddler's Dream is jawdropping project--featuring mandolin playing from Sam Bush and Andy Staatman in addition to Michael's own. Check it out here: https://www.flamekeeperband.com/store/

Also, Michael's incredible life story is being told in an upcoming feature length documentary called Flamekeeper. Look for it later this year! You can read more about it here: https://www.flamekeeperfilm.com/

Here, Michael talks about the song in this video, "Here’s a song of mine called the "Lonesome Desert." It appears on my latest album, Fiddler’s Dream. All my life, I have been a big audiobook reader, and one of my favorite authors is Louis L’Amour. In my opinion, there was no one who capture the old west better! I was reading one of his books where the hero got stuck in the desert with no food, gun, or water and of course he had to try to make it out alive. At one point, L’Amour called it the lonesome desert and I thought that would be a great name for this song."

Connect with Michael at the following links below for more information about his music, touring schedule, and private online lessons.

www.flamekeeperband.com
https://www.facebook.com/mcflamekeeper/
https://www.instagram.com/mcflamekeeper/
https://twitter.com/MCFlamekeeper
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And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

Happy Picking!
David

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Comments

  1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Michael. Fine playing!
  2. Mark Wilson's Avatar
    Just awesome!!
  3. dang's Avatar
    Seen a bunch of his fiddling on youtube, glad to see him throw down on a mando!
  4. mandopixie's Avatar
    Beautiful. Thanks, Michael.
    PS: Nice Gil..