Mike Compton & Joe Newberry

Mike Compton‘s solo performance was one of the highlights of our first season of music in the fall of ’98. He’s been a pretty regular guest since–solo, with David Grier or David Long, with the Helen Highwater String Band—but it’s been too long! We jumped at the chance to get him here with the superb banjo/guitarist, Joe Newberry.

No one has absorbed the mandolin playing of Bill Monroe and incorporated it into a personal style more successfully than Mike Compton. His long tenures with John Hartford and the Nashville Bluegrass Band represent just a couple of facets of Mike’s talents. In addition to the Monroe style, he’s a kick-ass bluesman (here’s hoping he still plays “Sitting on Top of the World”), and a master of old-time and gospel. He makes each his own: when Mike plays the mando, he flat-out owns it.

Best known for his banjo playing, Joe Newberry is actually nearly as comfortable on guitar and fiddle. He’s been a frequent guest on Prairie Home Companion, and Garrison Keillor has praised, “A musician like Joe embodies the true South. You can’t have too many of these people.” In addition to his instrumental talents, he’s an award-winning songwriter, including two IBMA winners in association with the Gibson Brothers.

Compton & Newberry Website

Joe Newberry Website