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Surviving the Music Industry

Jul 9, 2019

Humanity and America, new music, and a movie with multi-award winning fiddle player Michael Cleveland and folk artist Gabe Lee. Gabe shares some insight into his latest release, Farmland. Then Michael shares his thoughts on music, his life, and bluegrass. 


Songwriter and picker Gabe Lee is a Nashville native and first-generation American. Drawing inspirations from John Prine, Wilco, Old Crow Medicine Show, Americana, and Bluegrass it was only a matter of time this classical pianist changed his musical destiny. Farmland is a look into America in its current state and makes you evaluate your thoughts its current state. Follow Gabe @gabeleetn for everything and updates. 


Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation.  A major player in the world of bluegrass, Michael has won the IBMA fiddle player of the year 11 times. His list of guest apperances over the years is a who’s who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. Today Mike is a sought-after guest and has performed with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, The Mark Newton Band, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain and The Wildwood Valley Boys. Mike walks me through his life as we talk about his movie, Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story. Truly living an inspiring life with the challenges of alcoholism, blindness, and deafness. Michael is a powerful musical artist and an inspiring human being. Be on the lookout for his newest record set to release in August, Tall Fiddler and visit for tour dates, the movie, and music. Also follow Mike and the band @mcflamekeeper.