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Mandolin Mondays #110 w/ Special Guest Mike Compton

Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average.
The one and only Mike Compton stops in for Mandolin Mondays this week for a gut wrenching blues tune played on an amazing Lloyd Loar mandolin (July 9, 1923 #73725).



Mike has a mandolin curriculum vitae longer than anyone in the business. To name a few notable chapters in his career he was a founder of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, a longtime John Hartford collaborator, a member of the Soggy Bottom Boys band made famous through the popular film O Brother Where, Art Thou?, and an IBMA and Grammy award-winning recording artist. He's an incredible performer, historian, and instructor to say the least!

Here, Mike gives us the historical backstory to the piece in this video, "This old blues originates from a series of interviews done by the late master fiddler Alan Jabbour in 1966-67 on the fiddling of Mr. Henry Reed from Glen Lyn, Virginia. Mr Reed called this a "colored piece" because it came from a black community in North Carolina. There is not indication on the recording as to where in North Carolina, however."

Connect with Mike at the links below for more information about his music. You can also contact him through his website to get a transcription of the melody to this tune:

https://mikecompton.net/
https://www.facebook.com/taterbugmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/mistertaterbug/
https://twitter.com/taterbugmusic

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

Happy Picking!
David

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Comments

  1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    That is fine! Thanks, Mike, and welcome.
  2. RFMando's Avatar
    Mike is the best!

    RF
  3. ccravens's Avatar
    Awesome!

    Thanks for posting.
  4. sgarrity's Avatar
    That’s got it!
  5. mandotool's Avatar
    Thank you Mike...not a dry eye in the house..
    That is the very stuff itself..

    Quite a story about Henry Reed.... can be found here..https://www.amazon.com/Henry-Reed-Le...Reed+Legacy%22

    and lots on the youtube..
  6. darylcrisp's Avatar
    that was awesome!
    d
  7. Mike Romkey's Avatar
    Tasty!
  8. Eric Hanson's Avatar
    Exquisite!
    Super curious. Is the Loar a mandolin he aquired for himself, or is it one he was borrowing?