Michael Cleveland

Fiddler, multi instrumentalist

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Hi there. I’m Michael Cleveland. I specialize in Bluegrass, country and gospel music. If you are looking for fiddle/violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin, or banjo, you’ve come to the right place! I have performed and recorded with artists such as Rhonda Vincent, Vince Gill, Allison Krauss and my band, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

I play fiddle, acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Michael Cleveland
  • Jesse McReynolds
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Love Canon
  • Bobby Osborne
  • Atli Örvarsson
  • Stars Go Dim
  • The Special Consensus
  • The Special Consensus
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Andy Statman
  • Andy Statman
  • Andy Statman
  • Andy Statman
  • Peter Rowan
  • Flamekeeper
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Flamekeeper
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Flamekeeper
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Flamekeeper
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Flamekeeper
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Flamekeeper
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Flamekeeper
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Brandt & Brenda
  • Brandt & Brenda
  • Dry Branch Fire Squad
  • Dry Branch Fire Squad
  • Spring Creek
  • Spring Creek
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland
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  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Darrell Webb
  • Darrell Webb
  • The Cumberlands
  • The Cumberlands
  • The Cumberlands
  • Lawrence Bishop
  • Lawrence Bishop
  • Jim Smoak
  • Jim Smoak & the Louisiana Honeydrippers
  • Jim Smoak
  • Jim Smoak & the Louisiana Honeydrippers
  • Jim Smoak
  • Jim Smoak & the Louisiana Honeydrippers
  • Melvin Goins
  • Tom Adams
  • Tom Adams
  • Tom Adams
  • Tom Adams
  • Dale Ann Bradley
  • Michael Johnathon
  • Michael Johnathon
  • Jimmy Sturr
  • Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
  • Jimmy Sturr
  • Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
  • Larry Sparks
  • Larry Sparks
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Rhonda Vincent
  • Tom Mabe
  • Tom Mabe
  • Deep Fryed Acoustiblasters
  • Deep Fryed Acoustiblasters
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Michael Cleveland
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  • Michael Cleveland
  • Dale Ann Bradley
  • Dale Ann Bradley
  • Dale Ann Bradley
  • Dirty Kitchen
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
  • Frank Solivan
  • Dale Ann Bradley
  • Dale Ann Bradley
  • Ray Edwards & Hard Rock Mountain
  • Ray Edwards
  • Ray Edwards & Hard Rock Mountain
  • Ray Edwards
  • Jeff White
  • Brigid Kaelin

1 Reviews

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  1. Review by Jennifer A.
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    I had a complex mood piece , and Michael made it arrive -he is easy to communicate with and he brought forth the story I wanted to tell with "Surrender Road " I will be asking him to do the next part of the piece , when I am ready - Thank you Michael -

Interview with Michael Cleveland

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: My most recent album, Tall Fiddler. I was able to collaborate with some of musical heroes.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I just finished a new album released on Compass Records called Tall Fiddler. You can access on my SoundCloud link in my profile. I collaborated with a number of prominent artists in different genres including Tommy Emmanuel, Sam Bush, Tom O'Brien, and Bela Fleck, almost others.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: No.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I like them both for different reasons.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise them that their satisfaction is guaranteed.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I like the fact that I can from my home studio, I can record any time day or night. If I am up at 3AM and want to work on something I can do it.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: They typically ask how much I charge per track. My response is $100/track.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: The biggest misconception about what I do is that I can play whatever I want on the tracks. I carefully listen to tailor what I play to meld with what the other musicians are playing on the track. Just because I play fiddle doesn't mean that I can only play country and bluegrass. I like playing all kinds of music.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: I always ask what the client wants to hear on the song and what the deadline is.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: I think having a good idea of what you want to hear is important in getting the most out of your experience.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: I think if I had my fiddle, guitar, mando, banjo, and a shaving kit I could be happy anywhere.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I graduated high school in 1999 and I have been touring and recording ever since.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I have a lot of respect for the people who have set the standard for the music that we play today, but also enjoy bringing my own ideas to build upon this legacy.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I would like to work with Eric Clapton because I have long been a fan of his work. It's always interesting to work with my heroes and learn their perspective and how they come up with such great and innovative ideas.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: I have always been a fan of producers who have a vision for what they want, but they are also interested in giving musicians the freedom to explore other possibilities. I know from my own experience that I have had a vision going into the studio, but when I have worked to incorporate the other musicians' perspectives it had led to an end result way better than what I could have imagined.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: I am most experienced in working on country, bluegrass, Americana, gospel, singer-songwriter, rock, and pop tracks.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: My strongest skill is that I am good at listening to the song and providing backup and breaks that perfectly fit the song.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I bring 20 years of studio experience working with some of the biggest names in the industry. I have a keen understanding of how to provide solid backup and creative breaks that meld with a song's structure, style, and instrumentation.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I review instructions from the client about what they want to hear on the track. I listen to the song, particularly focusing on the lyrics and any kind of vocal or instrumental hooks that I can play along with the band or expand on depending on the song.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I use an iPad digital audio workstation (DAW) called Hokusai Audio Editor, a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 audio interface, and a variety of condenser microphones.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Vince Gill, Tony Brown, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Jeff White, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: The most common type of work I do for my clients is acoustic instrument overdubs. The client will send me a track and instructions on when and when they want me to play and any other ideas or suggestions of what they would like to hear in the song.

  45. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  46. A: I use an iPad digital audio workstation (DAW) called Hokusai Audio Editor, a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 audio interface, and a variety of condenser microphones.

  47. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  48. A: Vince Gill, Tony Brown, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Jeff White, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush

  49. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  50. A: The most common type of work I do for my clients is acoustic instrument overdubs. The client will send me a track and instructions on when and when they want me to play and any other ideas or suggestions of what they would like to hear in the song.

  51. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  52. A: Vince Gill, Tony Brown, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Jeff White, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush

  53. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  54. A: The most common type of work I do for my clients is acoustic instrument overdubs. The client will send me a track and instructions on when and when they want me to play and any other ideas or suggestions of what they would like to hear in the song.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Vince Gill
  • Sam Bush
  • Rhonda Vincent
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  • I use a Scarlett 6i6 interface and a variety of high quality condenser microphones.
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