• Gettysburg reports this weekend

    David Morris will be on the ground this weekend at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, reporting back on the 62nd iteration of this popular Pennsylvania event. The festival has been going since 1979 when it was founded by Joe Cornett and his

  • Statement from Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

    Here is a statement from Michael Cleveland following yesterday's unexpected news about the sudden departure of band members Marshall Wilborn, Jesse Brock and Tom Adams. Life and business are often about change and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are certainly no exception.

  • Flamekeeper flameout?

    Unexpected news regarding one of the hottest bands on the bluegrass circuit... We have learned that all of the members of Flamekeeper save bandleader Michael Cleveland and new banjo player Charlie Cushman are out of the picture. Guitarist and primary lead vocalist

  • Merlefest day 3

    Here's a day 3 report on Merlefest 2011 from Georgia Lowrance, delayed by poor connectivity on Sunday. She has promised us daily updates, with photos, from her position on the ground in Wilkesboro. So many stages... so many artists... so little

  • Flamekeeper on Blue Plate this Friday

    Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will showcase music from their latest Rounder CD, Fired Up, on tomorrow's (4/29) edition of Blue Plate Special on WDVX. The show features live performances each day at noon (EDT), broadcasting from Knoxville, TN at 102.9

  • Random thoughts on a new bluegrass season

    Our roving correspondent David Morris shares a few loosely-related thoughts as we move forward into the 2011 festival season. THE GIBSONS SOAR. Could this be the year of the Gibson Brothers? A year after Ring the Bell won song of the

  • Charlie Cushman to Flamekeeper

    How do you make one of the drivingest bands in bluegrass even better? Well, if you're Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, you bring banjo phenom Charlie Cushman into the group. The band has announced this afternoon that Charlie will be their new

  • Bluegrass Jamboree 2010

    The package show Bluegrass Jamboree is once again winding its way across Germany this December, just as they did on the debut pilgrimage last year. The tour is managed by Rainer Zellner, who has long promoted bluegrass music in Germany. It

  • Flamekeeper Pickin’ in the Park

    Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper performed yesterday (10/10) at the Pickin' in the Park Festival Clear Brook, Virginia. Sharing the bill was Stoney Creek, who sent along some great photos of the day in the park. The Stoney Creek folks perform primarily