49 min

84: Blind Flamekeeper with Michael Clevelan‪d‬ Underdog

    • Health & Fitness

Michael Cleveland was born blind but he knew he was born to be a fiddler at four years old. Described as “untouchable” by Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, Michael was awarded the 2020 GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album - Tall Fiddler, and is the IBMA’s most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 12 wins, has won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year 6 times, and fronts their 6-Time Instrumental Group of the Year. In this episode:
Determined to be a fiddler player after hearing “Orange Blossom Special” on the fiddle at four years old Learning to play at the Kentucky School of the Blind Finding and refining passion for the fiddle every single day as a child “When you go to the school of the blind, you’re nothing special because everyone else is visually impaired, too.” The Grand Ole Opry, his favorite spot that he played in as a teenager Forming the band, Michael Clevelend and Flamekeeper, with musicians he grew up playing with Grammy award, 12 time Fiddle Player of the Year, 6 time Instrumental Group of the Year How Michael is trying to transform the stigma of bluegrass music by blending it with other music varieties You can learn more about Michael & Flamkeeper at flamekeeperband.com as well as MC Flamekeeper on Facebook and Instagram

Michael Cleveland was born blind but he knew he was born to be a fiddler at four years old. Described as “untouchable” by Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, Michael was awarded the 2020 GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album - Tall Fiddler, and is the IBMA’s most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 12 wins, has won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year 6 times, and fronts their 6-Time Instrumental Group of the Year. In this episode:
Determined to be a fiddler player after hearing “Orange Blossom Special” on the fiddle at four years old Learning to play at the Kentucky School of the Blind Finding and refining passion for the fiddle every single day as a child “When you go to the school of the blind, you’re nothing special because everyone else is visually impaired, too.” The Grand Ole Opry, his favorite spot that he played in as a teenager Forming the band, Michael Clevelend and Flamekeeper, with musicians he grew up playing with Grammy award, 12 time Fiddle Player of the Year, 6 time Instrumental Group of the Year How Michael is trying to transform the stigma of bluegrass music by blending it with other music varieties You can learn more about Michael & Flamkeeper at flamekeeperband.com as well as MC Flamekeeper on Facebook and Instagram

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