The unwieldy band name “Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock” has become a bit less of a tongue twister for emcees everywhere. Michael announced yesterday (8/25) that Audie has left the group, and that singer/guitarist/songwriter Todd Rakestraw will step in to take his spot.
Rakestraw has been performing with Timberline Drive, and was an original member of Alison Krauss & Union Station, back in the day. Three of his songs (Gentle River, I’m Alone Again, Lord Don’t Forsake Me) were included on her early releases.
No word yet on Audie’s future plans. We’ll post when we hear more.