Michael Cleveland Wins Fiddle Player of the Year
For the second straight year, Michael Cleveland took top honors as Fiddle Player of the Year at the 2002 International Bluegrass Music Association awards held October 17 in Louisville, Kentucky. His recent album Flame Keeper (Rounder) was named Instrumental Album of the Year. Cleveland honed his chops as the fiddler with singer Rhonda Vincent’s red-hot band the Rage. Also, the IBMA named Mike Bub of the Del McCoury Band as Bass Player of the Year. The Del McCoury Band (featuring fiddler Jason Carter) was collectively named as Entertainers of the Year, and its cover of Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" earned Song of the Year accolades. Rebel Records owner and president David Freeman, an avid collector of string music and fiddle tunes, was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Honors.