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Mike Compton and David Long Mandolin Duets in Nashville During IBMA

By Mandolin Cafe
September 21, 2005 - 7:30 pm

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Mike Compton and David Long

Mike Compton and David Long

Kimble Mandolins, Cotten Music, Black Crow Booking and the Mandolin Cafe will present the Mike Compton and David Long "Mandolin Duets" show at a special off-site showcase during the IBMA World of Bluegrass on Wednesday, October 26, 2005.

The performance will be held at Bongo Java at 8:00 pm, across the street from Belmont University in Nashville's Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood, 2007 Belmont Blvd, phone (615) 385-JAVA.

Known as two of the foremost mandolin players on today's traditional acoustic music scene, the Compton and Long duet formed in 2003 after they realized they had a mutual interest in a variety of string band music - rural country blues, old time, bluegrass, and early string-band music.

Grammy winner Mike Compton is perhaps best known as the featured mandolin player on the "'Oh, Brother Where Art Thou" movie and soundtrack. He also performed on the Down From The Mountain Tour as well as the Cold Mountain Tour. He has collaborated with such diverse notables as John Hartford, David Grier, Ralph Stanley, and Elvis Costello. Mike currently plays mandolin with the Nashville Bluegrass Band and is nominated for the 2005 IBMA Mandolin Player Of The Year.

David is currently a member of the Chris Sharp and David Long Band. Their CD "One Hand On The Radio", recently reviewed by Bluegrass Unlimited, is receiving strong national airplay. David has also played with the Wildwood Valley Boys, as well as the award winning Karl Shiflett and his Big Band. He is described as a next-generation musician stepping forward, while keeping the traditional sounds of bluegrass in his playing and composing. The David Long CD "Midnight From Memphis" has received staunch reviews from critics including Mandolin Magazine and Mandolin Quarterly.

The Mike Compton and David Long CD is to be released shortly on David Grisman's Acoustic Disc label.

Additional information about the artists:
Mike Compton website

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