• Michael Cleveland at IBMA

    During the IBMA's World of Bluegrass and Wide Open Bluegrass festival, we had the chance to interview many of the top artists and songwriters in our business. Among them was Michael Cleveland, a highly-respected fiddler and bandleader, who shared some

  • Fiddlin’ Joe from Flamekeeper

    Compass Records has released a first look at one of the songs from On Down The Line, the upcoming album from Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. It's a lilting song written by Mark Brinkman called Fiddlin' Joe which will be the album's

  • Benefit concert for Rick Bartley

    Kentucky's Bartley Brothers have been involved in bluegrass since they were youngsters, adding up to more years than they may want to admit. Shayne and Rick have worked with a number of top touring bands, including their own Bartley Brothers

  • SOIMF, day 2

    Blake Williams opened the final day of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival with some history and stories of Lester Flatt. Isaac Moore joined him for a song. Mountain Faith then provided a wonderful Gospel set. Feller & Hill hit the

  • Benefit show for Randy Griffith

    Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are spearheading a benefit concert this weekend for Randy Griffith, father of Flamekeeper bassist Tyler Griffith. Randy, who just turned 52, was diagnosed recently with glioblastoma multiform grade 4 (a brain tumor), and is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy

  • Special C talks about Country Boy

    Compass Records has created a nice introduction to the upcoming Special Consensus album, Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver, due later this month. It's a video shot in their Nashville studio that mixes music performance clips with band interviews

  • Eagerly Awaited Music for 2014

    ...back Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen This band just keeps getting better. The unit’s debut release for Compass Records, On The Edge, is still getting plenty of airplay, and a pair of IBMA awards (banjo player of the year for Mike Munford

  • Michael Cleveland, Master Barber

    Back in March of 2013, Nathan Livers, mandolinist with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, made a pledge to get his long locks cut as soon as the band's Facebook page reached 5,000 likes. He further promised to donate his hair to

  • Superstring Theory coming from Andy Statman

    Avant-garde mandolinist Andy Statman has announced a new CD, Superstring Theory, set for an October 22 release on Shefa Records. It was recorded with Staman's Trio (Jim Whitney on bass and Larry Eagle on drums), along with fiddler Michael Cleveland and guitarist/vocalist