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Founding Member Jim VanCleve Announces Departure From Mountain Heart

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:19

Today, after nearly 16 years of touring and recording, I am publicly announcing my decision to leave Mountain Heart.  We have discussed this together, and I leave on what I think must be considered the absolute best of terms.  These fine gentlemen are much more than co-workers, they are family.  While it's been a very difficult decision to reach, I feel that the timing is right and that God has been tugging me to explore a number of different opportunities that have presented themselves over the last few months, as well as be open to new ones I'm not yet aware of.


As some may already know, I've been very blessed to become deeply engaged in the Nashville studio scene: from producing full projects in a variety of genres, to A & R, session work, mixing/mastering/editing, and a myriad of other tasks.  Between all this, and my intent to freelance with a number of various artists, teaching online and at various camps, my goal is to be as busy as ever, which is just the way I like it.  So, I am looking forward to collaborating with many new faces in a variety of situations moving forward!


My time with the Mountain Heart boys has been an amazing adventure.  It's no small thing to be able to create and perform your own music with literally some of the very best musicians in the world, who - as many of you know - are also some of the finest people you'll meet as well.  From the very first iteration of the band, almost 16 years ago, to today's band, the hallmark we created with Mountain Heart has been a positively-charged, energetic, and highly personal approach to American Music.  We poured ourselves into what we created.  We took a lot of chances, broke a few rules, even took some lumps.  But, ultimately we excelled and succeeded in many things we weren't sure could be done.  Mountain Heart has afforded me the opportunity to grow as a musician, as a producer, as a writer, as an arranger, and most importantly, as a teammate and person.  I am proud of what we've accomplished, and I am heartily wishing these boys the VERY best as they move forward, and continue to set new musical standards for us all.


I feel that I am leaving Mountain Heart as strong as ever, and that they are on the precipice of entering yet another great season.  At present we have agreed that, though I will begin appearing with a variety of musical ensembles immediately, I will also be playing the remainder of the calendar dates Mountain Heart has scheduled for 2014 as well.  It is my hope to be able to visit with many of our long time friends and fans during this time - and I'll admit - to "throw down" with with these particular guys a few more times!

I look forward to seeing everyone, either with Mountain Heart over the next few months, or wherever our paths may cross from here forward!


Please visit me at to stay up to date on whatever is next!!


God bless,

Jim VanCleve



Mountain Heart To Headline Their Debut Scenic City Roots Appearance Along With John Oates & Others

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:47

Mountain Heart has the distinct honor of headlining their debut appearance at the very popular Scenic City Roots Music Series in Chattanooga, TN. on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates of Hall & Oates Fame will share the bill.

If you cannot attend in person you can stream live over the Internet from anywhere on earth starting at 7:00 pm EST.



Mountain Heart Readies 2014 "Rocky Mountain Heart" Tour in June/July

Monday, 03 March 2014 14:42

We are thrilled to announce we will be kicking off our 2014  "Rocky Mountain Heart" Tour on Friday June 27th at the Clear Creek Rapidgrass Music Festival in Idaho Springs, CO.

From there we will hit Salt Lake City, UT and the Utah Arts Festival. On June 1st we will headline a show in Wingfield Park in beautiful Reno, NV followed by a return to a favorite, Thermopolis, WY for a headlining appearance at the Hot Sprinigs State Park Pavilion to celebrate our nations birthday on July 4th.

We plan to drop a couple of days in the middle for trout fishing as well as sightseeing and enjoying God's country.

Why not make your vacation plans to join us on this whirlwind swing through the amazingly beautiful and picturesque Rocky Mountains?

We can't wait to share it with you!


So Long Seth Taylor

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:39
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Seth Taylor, for a great run with Mountain Heart and we wish you all the best with Dailey & Vincent.

We are proud of you, proud we were able to share the Opry stage with you on your very first appearance, proud we got to play with Tony Rice together with you on your very first time, proud of all the great shows we played together and appreciate the professional mark you left on this band.

Carry on friend and continue to make us proud!



Friday, 31 January 2014 22:07

We are thrilled with the way 2014 has started. We opened the year with sold out shows in Ann Arbor, MI and Boston Heights, OH and followed those up with another sold out show in Abingdon, VA. Those were followed by foot stompers in Athens, GA and Fountain Inn, SC.

Our shows in both Ann Arbor and Abingdon found us paired with superstar guests.

Ann Arbor was a 3 hour extravaganza and ended with an extended 30+ minute encore featuring Grammy winning producer/instrumentalist Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan & Levon Helm's guitarist/band leader).

Abingdon, VA saw the "first-ever" Mountain Heart w/John Cowan show and it was such a success we are now looking to add additional dates as a package tour.

If you have not been to a show yet this year make plans now. We are showcasing new music we plan to record for a new album soon and having this biggest time!


Upcoming dates include:

Feb. 15 Walhalla, SC

Feb. 21 Panama City, FL

Apr. 4  Macon, GA (with Seven Handle Circus)

Apr. 5  Perry, FL

May 1  Lawndale, NC


Join us!



Mountain Heart & Newgrass Revival / Doobie Bros Legend John Cowan Unite For One Big Night Of Music & Surprises

Friday, 29 November 2013 17:15

Mountain Heart joins the legendary voice of Newgrass John Cowan in one explosive night of music on Friday, January 17, 2014 at The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA.

While they have appeared before together for a song or two they have never shared the stage for a full evening of music together. Given their extensive musical backgrounds and range of influences, the music will electrify you and this night is poised to be the event of the year!

Don't miss your chance to see John Cowan and Mountain Heart together for one night on one stage. Tickets won't last long and make the perfect holiday gift!

Visit to secure your seats now!

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