Michael Cleveland hires new banjo man

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have a new banjo man - Indiana native Jessie Baker. He is taking over for John Mark Batchelor, who had health issues and was unable to perform some dates.

Baker performed his first show with Flamekeeper the end of September in Denton, N.C. Although he is not yet out of his teens, Baker has already had plenty of experience in bluegrass, playing with Wildfire, The Wildwood Valley Boys, The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Sho, as well as his family band, The Baker Boys. He has also appeared with Marty Raybon and Full Circle, David Peterson and 1946, Avery County, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, and Ronnie Stoneman. Baker lives in Georgetown, Ky.

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