Fiddler Michael Cleveland is one of the essential instrumentalists in the current bluegrass scene. On his album Tall Fiddler, he treats the listener to as tasty mix of well-constructed traditional and contemporary bluegrass, country and what is known as jamgrass (a mix of bluegrass and improvised acoustic music).
Tall Fiddler features an impressive cast of bluegrass musicians, some of the biggest names, including Del McCoury on vocals; Jerry Douglas on dobro; Tim O’Brien on vocals, banjo and mandolin; Bela Fleck on banjo; Sam Bush on vocals, mandolin and slide mandolin; Tommy Emmanuel on lead guitar; and the Travelin’ McCourys.
Cleveland has won the Fiddle Player of the Year bestowed by
the International Bluegrass Music Association. This year, he added two more
awards at the recently held 30th Annual IBMA Awards. Cleveland won the Fiddle
Player of the Year. In addition, Cleveland and his band, Flamekeeper, were
named Instrumental Group of the Year.
In 2019, Cleveland’s remarkable career was celebrated with the release of Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story, a documentary on his life.
The GRAMMY Awards will be presented on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Fiddler’s Dream is a great opportunity to discover one of the finest fiddlers in the current bluegrass music scene. On this solo recordings, the award-winning musician and composer Michael Cleveland showcases his talent as an acclaimed fiddler and also a mandolinist and guitarist.
On the new album, Cleveland presents a superb mix of self-penned instrumental contemporary bluegrass musical pieces, country songs, and fascinating improvisations.
Michael Cleveland is joined by his band and an impressive list of guest musicians from the American roots music scene. This obviously adds and enrichment to the tunes and songs but Cleveland is definitely the highlight of this album.
Michael Cleveland attracted a lot of attention at the age of 13 when he performed in the influential venue known as the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Since then, Cleveland has won 10 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards and 4 Instrumental Group of the Year awards.
The lineup on Fiddler’s Dream includes Michael Cleveland on fiddle, mandolin and lead guitar; Jeff White on guitar and vocals; Jeff Guernsey on lead guitar; Sam Bush on mandolin and vocals; Lloyd Douglas on banjo; Barry Bales on bass; Jason Carter on fiddle; Jerry Douglas on dobro; Paul Franklin on steel guitar; Vince Gill on vocals; and Andy Stattman on mandolin.
Fiddler’s Dream is an extraordinary album by the sensational fiddler Michael Cleveland.