Mike Compton has been a force in the world of bluegrass mandolin since the 1980s when he co-founded the influential Nashville Bluegrass Band.
In the years since, he's played on the soundtrack to the Coen Brother's movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou
, and traveled the world performing with notable musical partners, including John Hartford.
A leading proponent of Monroe-style mandolin, his keen interest in bluegrass music's past and future makes him an indispensable part of the eight-string community.
Visiting New York last year, he teamed up with guitarist, Michael Daves for a gig at Rockwood Music Hall.
Writer and video-producer, Bradley Klein was moved by that performance to investigate the history of one tune that has become closely identified with Compton — "Evening Prayer Blues."