• Wayne Taylor: It’s About Time

    From the moment I had the new solo project from Blue Highway bass player Wayne Taylor in my hands, I couldn't wait to hear what it sounded like. I won't leave you in suspense — it's great. Appropriately titled ("long overdue"

  • Album of the Week #6 – Blue Highway

    I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. My household was filled with the giving and receiving of Stanley Brothers’ LPs, Merle Haggard DVDs, the new Crowe Brothers record, and Lonesome Dove. I had a great time spending time

  • Fired Up banjo tabs available

    Tom Adams has published an ebook of banjo tab transcriptions from Fired Up, the latest album by Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. The tabs are based on the playing of crackerjack picker Jessie Baker who tracked the record with Michael, but

  • Response from Michael Cleveland

    We heard this morning from Kimberly Williams, publicist for Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, in response to our post last night, Former Flamekeepers move on. Michael took particular exception to the use of the word "acrimonious" in describing the recent departure of

  • Former Flamekeepers move on

    Tom Adams, Jesse Brock and Marshall Wilborn, fresh from their falling out with Michael Cleveland, are forming a new band and hope to hit the studio this summer. The band doesn't have a name, has no gigs lined up and still

  • 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

  • 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

  • Lynn Morris band reunion in April

    Wonderful news - Lynn Morris will perform at the 2011 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival this Spring! A very special, one-time reunion of The Lynn Morris Band has been arranged for Sunday, May 1, the final day of the festival. She will

  • Flamekeeper in the studio

    We caught up with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper earlier this week. They are at Hilltop Studios in Nashville working on their next project for Rounder Records, which they hope to see released sometime this fall, though no date has been

  • Three fine new banjo CDs

    Banjo CDs are coming out of the woodwork, it seems. Just in the past few weeks, we have received stellar releases from Dan Menzone, Jessie Baker and Chris Warner. Each is distinctive in its own way, and all should have