Fleming back to release album
Musician Kelly Fleming still can’t cut the cord to Nevada County. He performed in Nevada County every week for about 20 years before moving to Cleveland four years ago.
From August 2001 to this past December, Fleming made five trips here to record his just-released CD featuring musicians he often played with when he lived here.
The CD covers a variety of genres, from country, reggae and bluesy jazzy to acoustic.
“You go where you need to, to where the talent is,” Fleming explained Monday, a day before leaving Ohio for a one-week visit to Nevada County.
“These are all musicians I played with for a long time. I appreciate their talent. Why come to Cleveland and hope to find similar musicians when I know how they play here?” he said.
“They’re at the peak of their craft,” Fleming added. “When it comes to recording, it might have been more difficult to orchestrate, but when you get the technical stuff set up, the rest goes easy.”
Fleming, who now performs here about once a year, will play Sunday in Grass Valley. The concert will be a CD-release party that features the area musicians.
With the exception of Alasdair Fraser, who is out of the country, all musicians appearing on the CD will perform with Fleming.
They are Nina Gerber, Paul Kamm, Eleanore MacDonald, Juliet Gobert, Paul Kraushaar, Joe Thayer, John Girton, Tim Riley, Doug Hake and Che Greenwood. Fiddler Rudy Darling will fill in for Fraser.
“These musicians can play wherever they want,” Fleming said. “I’m grateful they’re playing with me a couple of nights of the year. I’m just having fun. It’s great to come home.”
KNOW & GO
WHAT: Kelly Fleming and Friends in concert
WHEN: Sunday at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley
ADMISSION: $12. Tickets at BriarPatch, Foggy Mountain, Herb Shop Records and at the door
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