Mike Compton & Joe Newberry

Mike Compton and Barking Legs Theater have a long history together. Mike–the world’s top exponent of the Bill Monroe mandolin style–performed solo as part of our first season of music shows in 1997. We’ve been privileged to hear him with an amazing array of other great musicians, and his current duo with singer/songwriter/guitarist/banjo master Joe Newberry is one of most satisfying we’ve heard.

Mike Compton is a Grammy award winner, IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year nominee, a steady sideman for John Hartford from 1994 until Hartford’s death in 2001, and mandolinist for the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Mike is inarguably the world expert on Bill Monroe-style bluegrass mandolin, and is also steeped in old-time fiddle tunes, early string band music and Delta blues.

Known far and wide for his powerful banjo playing, Joe Newberry is a prizewinning guitarist, songwriter, and singer to boot. In addition to his work with Mike, Joe plays with old-time music legends Bill Hicks, Jim Watson, and Mike Craver, performs with guitarist Jon Shain, and is a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

“Gospel Plow”

Compton & Newberry Website