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Jim VanCleve
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  • Hendersonville, TN
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Fiddle/mando/guitar/producer/writer kinda guy
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VanCleve Music
About Me:
I have been living in Nashville since 2002 or so. Started playing professionally while still in high school.

Helped to found the highly regarded and successful acoustic act, Mountain Heart, in 1999. Currently doing a string of dates featuring Mountain Heart and Legendary guitarist, Tony Rice.

Debut solo project "No Apologies" was released in 2006 and was nominated for a Grammy in "Best Country Instrumental" category. Also held a #1 chart spot in bluegrass music for over three months. Had three other charting songs from that album. Album also featured, "Scars", a track written by John Paul White, sung by Sonya Isaacs, and co-produced by Mark Bright and Jim.

Had the honor of being commissioned to write a new IBMA Awards Show Theme song in 2007. Jerry Douglas had previously held that honor for 13 years, and before him, Mark O'Connor.

Nominated for Fiddle Player of the Year at IBMA mulitple times.

Prominently featured fiddler on "Best Country Album" Grammy winner, "Livin', Lovin', Losin': Tribute to the Louvin Brothers", produced by Carl Jackson.

Featured fiddler on Carrie Underwoods Billboard #1, "Don't Forget to Remember Me".

Have worked extensively as a session player, road musician, and record producer.

Have produced the following artists/acts/projects: Mountain Heart's "Road That Never Ends"; Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain 1 and 2; Clay Jones' "Mountain Tradition", Solo Project-"No Apologies"; Mashville Brigade: Smash Hits of Bluegrass; Newfound Road-"Same Old Place", Rural Rhythm's "BORDERS MUSIC EXCLUSIVE Compilation". Pickin' On Series: Taylor Swift.

Have played and/or recorded with:
Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Joe Nichols, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Chris Thile, Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, Sam Bush, Ronnie Bowman, Stuart Duncan, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, Del McCoury Band, Dierks Bentley, Skip Ewing, Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek, Sara Evans, Mountain Heart, Rhonda Vincent, Emmie Lou, Willie Nelson, Linda Rhondstat, Dolly Parton, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Alecia Nugent, Bradley Walker, Sonya Isaacs, Doc Watson, Grascals, Sierra Hull, and many more.
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At 9:23pm on February 15, 2009, Mark Houser said…
Sorry it took so look to add you here. I am notr on this site often. I hope all is well with you. We need to get together soon.
At 3:14pm on December 22, 2008, Stan Munsey said…
Merry Christmas!!

Stan & Donna Munsey
At 1:16am on December 21, 2008, Mark Burch said…
Hey man, thanks for the add. Haven't seen ya in a while, hope things are going well.
At 1:42pm on December 19, 2008, Pete Warren said…
thanks for looking me up. Kind of you. Hope we can connect soon.


At 9:05pm on November 15, 2007, Greg Lawrence said…
look, another site to add you as a friend!
At 10:12pm on October 24, 2007, Tim Akers said…
oh fer cryin' out loud....
At 10:04pm on October 24, 2007, Davidhalldavidhall said…
You are a Swell Guy. I really like your record.

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