Van Cleve, Jim


  • Born/raised in Sarasota, Florida. Grew up in Haywood County, North Carolina. Resides in Nashville.
  • Began playing fiddle at age 8.
  • As a teenager, played with Ric-o-chet, Lou Reid & Carolina, Rambler’s Choice, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
  • 1998, joined Mountain Heart.
  • An A-list Nashville session musician. Played on Carrie Underwood’s hit single “Don’t Forget to Remember Me.”
  • 2006, recorded solo project No Apologies (Rural Rhythm). First cut, “Nature of the Beast” nominated for Grammy Award ( for Best Country Instrumental Performance).
  • 2012, contracted Dengue Fever while he was on a Carribean vacation. He was seriously ill for several weeks.
  • 2015, left Mountain Heart (after 17 years) to tour with Josh Turner and to start his own production company.
  • 2018, joined Appalachian Road Show.