Mike Cleveland and Flamekeeper has announced the addition of banjo master and Nashville session player, Charlie Cushman to the band. Cushman will take on full-time banjo duties with the IBMA’s 4-time Instrumental Group of the Year effective immediately.
Over the years Mike and Charlie have shared the stage many times, and Charlie was Cleveland’s banjo player of choice for his award-winning 2006 Rounder release Let ‘er Go, Boys.
I first met Charlie in 1999 when we played with Jeff White at the Station Inn. I knew after that gig that I’d played with one of the best. To have Charlie join the band is a dream come true – Michael Cleveland.
I’m so proud and honored to finally get to work with Michael and his band and I’m glad that this opportunity has finally lined up for us. We have a spark with each other musically and I’m more excited about this than anything else I’ve done in quite a while – Charlie Cushman.
Charlie will join Mike and the band next month as Flamekeeper kicks off its 2011 season at Nashville’s famous The Station Inn , the same venue where Mike and Charlie first played together. The show will include new material from Fired Up, the band’s next Rounder release, due out this spring.