For many professional musicians who play and perform constantly, it’s not unusual for burnout and sonic fatigue to set in. When that happens, there’s a need to get away from the music and clear one’s head for a while. That’s rarely the case for Michael Cleveland, one of the best fiddlers in the business who still loves to play music and has yet to hit the wall. If he’s not touring with his band Flamekeeper, Cleveland will perform with various groups in and around his hometown in southern Indiana.
“I don’t think I could ever get sick of playing,” says Cleveland. “I think I’m a little more ate up with it than most people. I’ve always been this way and I hope it never changes. If we’re not on the road, chances are I’m playing somewhere. If there is picking going on around the area, if somebody needs someone to play, I’m usually right in the middle of that. I’ve been fortunate enough to do a bunch of fill-in work and freelance session work with other people. I’ve been getting into a lot of different music within the last couple of years. I did a record here a couple of years ago with Andy Statman and Tim O’Brien and that really opened some new doors for me.” Read entire article »