Re: Mike Marshall playing Bluegrass?
I can't assist with recordings of MM playing Bluegrass, but I have a fun little tale to tell.
About 10 years ago I attended the Rockygrass Academy.
One of the many other attendees that year was Sarah Jarosz who must have been 12 or 13.
Mike Marshall was one of the Mandolin Teachers and he offered a private skill assessment to anyone interested in being "assessed."
I signed up and got paired (timeslot-wise) with Sarah Jarosz to play for Mike.
I fumbled through something, I think I played Minor Swing - or something.
I think Sarah played Roanoke. And of course she kicked ass.
It was pretty clear she was moving toward a career as later I caught her jamming with Mike, the Dawg, Mike Bub and Michael Cleveland backstage during the fest.
Two other things I can recall about Mike:
Mike is not just one of the best musician's alive, he's an incredible teacher.
I have been to a few Rockygrass Academies and I have to say that not all great musician's make great teachers.
Many just don't have this skill set, but Mike can be totally comprehensive while also making his lessons accessible to all.
The other thing that comes to mind:
Mike Marshall is literally a human jukebox.
I watched him simply sit and do these private assessments with dozens of players and no matter
what style, genre or skill level the assessee put forward, Mike would join in and make that student
sound like a million bucks. He can play a half dozen instruments expertly but his skills at encouraging
students to improve is remarkable to me.
Last thought - he's also a hell of a nice, genuine person.
I used to work at the 5th String Guitar Store in Berkeley and ever time he dropped in he was friendly, inquisitive and real.
Mandolin, Guitar, Bass
Acoustic, Electric, Eclectic
Swing, Boogie, Bluegrass,
Psychedelic, Blues and Rock