Mike Compton & Joe Newberry: LIVE
In their 2012 debut album, "LIVE", Mike Compton and Joe Newberry mine one of the more neglected segments of country music history, that period during the '30's and '40's when brother duet music was transforming into bluegrass. These two masters of the bedrock of old time music collaborate with a vision that's both modern and ageless. Few are better equipped for the task with Newberry able to replicate the under-appreciated power of country rhythm guitar styles and open back banjo. Mix in Mike's master of the Monroe style of mandolin and old-time fiddle tunes, plus their simpatico duet singing, and you have a two person string band that can effortlessly move from traditional songs to contemporary instrumentals, to 'mother' ballads to original compositions with an ease that belies their intensity.