Nashville, TN -- An American bluegrass mandolin player, Mike Compton has earned a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin, and is especially known for his personal take on the fiercely hard-driven, rhythmically intense style developed by the master of the genre, Bill Monroe. Later this month, during Australia's Spring, Mike will be touring Australia for an eight city concert tour.
Grammy award winner, nominated IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and musical US Ambassador throughout the world, Mike has been honored with a State Resolution by the Mississippi State Sentate, entertained at Carnegie Hall, and performed at the White House for dignitaries and the President of the United States.
A mainstay on the bluegrass circuit for the past 35 years, Mike has over 110 albums to his credit including the latest collaborations of Lost Souls & Free Spirits - Chris Jones & The Night Drivers (2012); Reason & Rhyme - Jim Lauderdale (2011); Blue Moon of Kentucky: Instrumental Tribute to Bill Monroe (2011); Memories of John - The John Hartford Stringband (2010), National Ransom - Elvis Costello (2010), and his solo cd project Rotten Taters (2011).
Preservationist, performer, modern-day musical pioneer, composer, and educator, Mike Compton, a musician’s musician has rightly earned a reputation as one of the best and most influential mandolin players in acoustic music today. Mike has “taken a passel of influences including old-time fiddle tunes, rock salt and nails bluegrass, and the aching allure of the true Delta blues--to create on of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere. (David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine)
“For someone playing solo traditional tunes on mandolin this is just about as good as it gets for me.”
-- Scott Tichenor Mandolin Cafe
Grammy award winner, nominated IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and musical US Ambassador throughout the world, Mike has entertained at Carnegie Hall, at the White House, and been honored by the Mississippi State Senate with State Resolution Number 45, a special honor commending his musical accomplishments.
Over a span of 35 years, Compton has made a career playing on recordings of others adding his signature sound. Mike has made music with such diverse notables as the iconic mountain music man Ralph Stanley, British rock legend Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes, guitar virtuoso David Grier, and producer T-Bone Burnett (O Brother, Where Art Thou and Down From The Mountain tours). When the Nashville Bluegrass Band was being put together, Mike was their first choice on mandolin, creating a “band like a marriage made in heaven.” In 1994, Mike became a sideman for John Hartford, whom he performed with until Hartford’s death. To date, Mike has performed on over 100 CDs in a variety of genres, with some of the most beloved artists of our day.
“Mike has taken a passel of influences -- old time fiddle tunes, rock salt and nails bluegrass, the aching allure of the true Delta Blues--to create one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere.”
-- David McMcCarty - Mandolin Magazine
These days, Mike is taking his craftsmanship, dexterity, mandolin mastery and musicality, and letting us see something that we've only glimpsed in the past: Compton playing by himself, unaccompanied and undirected.
Always searching for ways to deepen his artistry, Mike continues writing, performing, and delving deeper into ways to communicate musically to his listeners, and in Mike’s own words: “...our function is not merely to entertain but to communicate to one another...if you hear something that stirs your memories...or causes you to reflect on the day, I am satisfied I have done my job well.”
Next week, Mike will be bringing his musical mastery on an eight-city concert tour across Australia: