Michael Cleveland - Lovin' of the Game CD


Michael Cleveland is doing it all for the Lovin' of the Game on his new album. Appearing alongside the Bill Monroe-anointed fiddler and keeper of the flame are Billy Strings, Bela Fleck, Charlie Starr, Jeff White, The Travelin' McCourys, Vince Gill, and others.

The 12-time International Bluegrass Music Association Fiddle Player of the Year returns to showcase his diversity on Lovin' of the Game. On one track he goes full jamgrass with Billy Strings on the '80s rocker "For Your Love" ahead of a country waltz collaboration with Vince Gill on "I Wish I Knew Now What I Knew Then". Cleveland even pairs with Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr on a bluegrass version of "One Horse Town" alongside the instrumental "Contact" featuring Cody Kilby, Barry Bales, and Bela Fleck.

"People know me as a traditional bluegrass fiddle player, which is what I love to do," Cleveland said, "but this album is more than just the pure tradition. It's a little bit of a departure for me."

"Thousand Dollar Holler"
"Luxury Liner" - feat. The Travelin' McCourys
"Five Points" - feat. Cody Looper and Ronnie McCoury
"For Your Love" - feat. Billy Strings and Jeff White
"I Wish I Knew Now What I Knew Then" - feat. Vince Gill
"Sunny Days (Are Comin' Once Again)" - feat. Jeff White and Dan Tyminski
"Contact" - feat. Bela Fleck, Cody Kilby and Barry Bales
"Temperance Reel" - feat. Luke Bulla and Tim O'Brien
"Empty Pocket Blues" - with Flamekeeper, feat. Bryan Sutton
"Now She's Gone" - with Flamekeeper, feat. Jerry Douglas
"One Horse Town" - with Flamekeeper, feat. Charlie Starr
"The Lovin' Of The Game" - feat. Flamekeeper

Release date 03.03.2023