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Mike Compton


A true American mandolin master and expert in old-time and deep Southern musical styles, Mike Compton’s straight-from-the-still vocal and instrumental style merges vintage grit with modern authenticity. Whether he’s working with rock stars Elvis Costello and Sting or acoustic legends John Hartford and Americana producer T-Bone Burnett, Compton can entertain audiences ranging from rockers and urban hipsters to die-hard country, folk and bluegrass fans as a soloist, duo or band performer.

Grammy and IBMA award-winning mandolinist, singer, and recording artist Mike Compton has earned “a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin…one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere” (Mandolin Magazine). He toured with John Hartford, Nashville Bluegrass Band, and was featured in the soundtracks for, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Cold Mountain”. Wearing his signature pressed blue overalls and rocking and weaving with fluid body motion, Compton stuns not by tricks, 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.