Compton, Mike

Grammy-winner Mike Compton, based out of Nashville, Tennessee, has what Mandolin Magazine calls “a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin, and one of the most recognizable and respected manodolin voices anywhere.”

Originally from Meridian, Mississippi, he moved to Nashville in 1977, where he bacame a founding member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band. He toured ffrom 1994-2004 with John Hartford, with whom he made six CDs.

He and his picking buddy Joe Newberry have done a couple of those “you shoulda been here” shows at RAF. After one of them, we were in line for cheese biscuits at Mickey’s, and someone sort of shyly interrupted our waiting line to inquire, “Are you, I mean, are you Mike Compton?”

The asker had a Compton CD in his pickup truck, went for it to get it autographed, and had a hard time getting over Compton & Newberry having been in town the night before.