Mike Compton & Joe Newberry
Location: Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View
"There's no flimflam here, no tricks. They pull off what's almost impossible these days: honest, genuine music that will get your soul dancing."
- Chris Stuart, BLUEGRASS TODAY
You might know Mike Compton and Joe Newberry from their collaboration in the Jumpsteady Boys, from Mike’s many years with the Nashville Bluegrass Band and John Hartford Band, or from Joe’s numerous appearances on Prairie Home Companion. But their duo is something else, mining that period during the 1930s and '40s when brother duet music was transforming into bluegrass, and also presenting new compositions that would have been appropriate in that era. Few are better equipped for the task: Joe's able to replicate the under-appreciated power of country rhythm guitar styles and exquisite open back banjo, Mike's mastery of the Monroe style of mandolin is legendary, and their simpatico duet singing makes a two person string band’s music that's both modern and ageless.
"Joe Newberry is one of my favorite songwriters and interpreters of the old songs. Mike Compton’s playing is part of my musical DNA. Mike Compton and Joe Newberry make music together. Lots of people play together, but few are able to make music. With only two voices and two instruments, they can break your heart with one song and make you want to shout with joy on the next. Newly-written songs sound ancient and their choice of covers seem somehow new. Their LIVE 2012 album is a must for lovers of real music."
- Leigh Gibson, The Gibson Brothers.
"Sittin’ On Top Of the World" (with Prairie Home Companion band)