Mike Compton and Joe Newberry Live
$15 (click to buy)
A good, enjoyable 12-cut CD, recorded live in 2012 at the Brandywine Friends in Delaware.

Two masters of the bedrock of old time music, Mike and Joe 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.

Few are better equipped for the task with Newberry able to replicate the under-appreciated power of country rhythm guitar styles and exquisite open back banjo.

Mix in Mike’s mastery of the Monroe style mandolin and their simpatico duet singing and you have a two person string band that effortlessly moves from traditional songs to contemporary instrumentals to ‘mother’ ballads to original compositions with an ease that belies their intensity. It’s not about the number of notes with them, it’s about telling the truth and paying homage to the song.