Cleveland teams up with Strings, White
Friday, January 20, 2023
– Michael Cleveland the 12-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year and GRAMMY Award-winner, delivered "For Your Love" featuring Billy Strings and Jeff White today.
"For Your Love" is the third release from Cleveland's forthcoming album, "Lovin' of the Game," due March 3 on Compass Records.
The three offer a jamgrass rendition of the '80s rock classic. "For Your Love" follows the October 2022 release of lead single "Sunny Days (Are Comin' Once Again)" and the title track, released last month.
Cleveland's sixth studio album contains 12 tracks with appearances from Bela Fleck, Charlie Starr, The Travelin' McCourys and Vince Gill.
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