Michael Cleveland is one of bluegrass music’s great treasures. 10-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, and 4-time Instrumental Group of the Year winner, Cleveland captured the attention of the bluegrass community as a child prodigy who performed on the Grand Ole Opry with Alison Krauss when he was only 13 years old. He became a viral video sensation with a virtuosic impromptu performance of “Jerusalem Ridge” that racked up over 6 million views in just a few days. Now, mainstream music fans are discovering what the bluegrass community has known for years—that Michael Cleveland is one of the most important fiddle players in bluegrass history.
With his new release, FIDDLER’S DREAM, Cleveland delivers his finest studio album to date: full of the fire and finesse that has earned him fans across the globe. Highlights include a blistering performance of the Arthur Smith-penned title track “Fiddler’s Dream,” a step-out vocal from Sam Bush on the John Hartford classic “Steamboat Whistle Blues,” and a twin fiddle show-down on the Bill Monroe classic “Tall Timber,” featuring Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band). FIDDLER’S DREAM also showcases Michael’s masterful guitar playing on “Earl Park” and mandolin playing on “Blues for Bill,” “Lonesome Desert” and “Earl Park.” Additional guests include Jerry Douglas (Dobro), Jeff Guernsey (guitar), Lloyd Douglas (banjo), Andy Statman (mandolin), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Vince Gill (vocals), and co-producer, Jeff White (guitar and vocals).
“This album is a garden of delights, ranging widely from burning fiddle tunes, to country songs, to wild improvisations, to various extraordinary guests, all whom play and sing their collective behinds off! But the link-the glue-that holds this together is the amazing playing of Michael Cleveland.”
— Matt Glaser, Artistic Director, American Roots Music Program, Berklee College of Music
“It’s obvious he was destined to become one of Bluegrass Music’s contemporary stars.”
— Boston Globe
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