Michael Cleveland Takes “One Horse Town” Into Bluegrass Territory With Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr

[Cover photo credit to Amy Richmond]

Bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland has teamed up with Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke for a release of Blackberry Smoke’s One Horse Town” (2012). The moody track features vocals from Charlie Starr and Cleveland’s longtime Flamekeeper bandmate, Josh Richards, along with the instrumental backing of Flamekeeper. 

The track marks the fourth installment from Cleveland’s forthcoming album, Lovin’ Of The Game, set for release on Friday, March 3rd, 2023 via Compass Records.

Cleveland departs from a traditional Bluegrass sound to evoke the “melancholy of life in a town too small to sustain itself” on his interpretation of “One Horse Town.”

“One Horse Town” follows the recent releases of last month’s “For Your Love” feat. Billy Strings, the LP’s lead single “Sunny Days (Are Comin’ Once Again)” in October 2022, along with the title track “The Lovin’ Of The Game” released in December. 

Marking Cleveland’s sixth studio album, Lovin’ Of The Game features appearances from Béla Fleck, Billy Strings, Charlie Starr, Jeff White, The Travelin’ McCourys and Vince Gill, among others.

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