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Award-Winning Fiddler Michael Cleveland
Signs to Compass Records
9-Time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year Begins
Work on a New Album Set for Release in 2014
(Nashville, TN) June 17, 2013 – Compass Records is proud to welcome 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.
“[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.”
Cleveland’s tour de force bluegrass fiddling has earned him and his band over 13 International Bluegrass Music Association (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.
Billboard Magazine has touted Compass Records Group as one of the leading independent labels of the past decade. The label group is home to more than 500 releases across the Compass Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records imprints with a roster that boasts a variety of artists including Colin Hay, Victor Wooten, Darden Smith, BeauSoleil and label co-founder Alison Brown. Compass is also the home to 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. For more information, visit www.compassrecords.com.