We will close out the 2013 Oak Tree Concert Series with Mike Compton. Mike is a Grammy and IBMA award winning recording artist. He is a one of the masters of the bluegrass mandolin and The New York Times labels him “a new bluegrass instrumental hero”. In the mid-80’s he was a founding member of The Nashville Bluegrass Band, a group that quickly became one of the most prominent and admired in bluegrass. After his time with the NBB, Mike joined John Hartford recording multiple albums and touring with him until John’s passing in 2001. Mike performed as a Soggy Bottom Boy on 2001’s Grammy Album Of the Year, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
, and on the following Grammy winning Down From The Mountain
soundtrack and tours, and on the Cold Mountain
soundtrack and tours. To date, Mike has performed on over 100 CDs in avariety of genres, with some of the most beloved artists of our day.
Wearing his signature pressed blue overalls and rocking and weaving with fluid body motion, Compton stuns not by tricks or artifice, but through his singing, his ability to engage a crowd, and through decades of honing his technique into the unique, one-of-a-kind Compton signature mandolin sound.
“Go see Mike Compton’s solo show and prepare to be gobsmacked. There are powerful people in every walk of life. Mike Compton is the General George Patton of the mandolin. Breathtaking is the only word.” – Bluegrass Today
"Mike Compton knows more about Bill Monroe style mandolin than the Father of Bluegrass himself." -