Award-Winning Fiddler Michael Cleveland Signs with Compass Records

Image635070703809866815Compass Records welcomes renowned fiddler Michael Cleveland to its roster of bluegrass artists.

Says Michael of the signing, “I’m so excited to be working with everyone at Compass Records! I think this opportunity will help introduce our music to people that might not have heard us before, and also keep our long-time fan base coming back for more.” He and the band have plans to begin work on a new album this fall.

Cleveland’s tour de force bluegrass fiddling has earned him and his  band over 13 International Bluegrass Music Image635070710509890035Association (IBMA) awards. Cleveland himself is a 9-time Fiddle Player of the Year award winner, and, together with his band Flamekeeper, he has won the Instrumental Group of the Year award 4 times. 

Flamekeeper consists of Glenn Gibson – banjo and resonator guitar, Nathan Livers – vocals and mandolin, Tyler Griffith – vocals and bass, and Joshua Richards – vocals and guitar.

“[Michael] Cleveland is as versatile as they come, but when it comes to straight-up bluegrass, whether it’s a ‘bootstomper’ or a high and lonesome lament, his peers are few and far between,” praises All Music Guide, while the Boston Globe proclaims, “it’s obvious he was destined to become one of bluegrass’s contemporary stars.”

Billboard Magazine has touted Compass Records Group as one of the leading independent labels of the past decade.

Compass is the home of some of contemporary bluegrass music’s most celebrated artists including IBMA Entertainers of the Year The Gibson Brothers, Female Vocalist winners Dale Ann Bradley and Claire Lynch and GRAMMY-winner Peter Rowan.

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