Mike Compton and David Grier
Guitarist David Grier and mandolinist and Grammy
Winner, Mike Compton, two of bluegrass music's most
gifted and adept players, perform a sparkling set of
traditional and original instrumentals.
"On first hearing, it sounds like the boys were
sitting around picking and the mikes happened to be
on. Casual? Maybe, maybe not. On the second spin you
hear David slithering down the guitar with Mike
nailing exact rhythmic unison. Other examples of this
sort of off-handed intricacy abound."
--from Tony Trischka's liner notes in the Rounder
release of Mike Compton and David Grier's "Climbing
From ACOUSTIC GUITAR'S TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
ARTISTS OF THE DECADE
In the 1980s, young bluegrass guitarists seemed
content to follow the lead of the players who
initiated the great flatpicking scare of the early
í70s: Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Dan Crary, Clarence
White. When David Grierís debut album, Freewheeling,
appeared in 1988, it immediately captured the
attention of the bluegrass community with its daring
combination of chops, imagination, and tradition.
Grierís impeccable bluegrass credentials, as the son
of former Blue Grass Boy Lamar Grier, give him a solid
base from which to launch his fleet and fluid solos.
Originally inspired by the innovations of White and
Rice, Grier has created his own virtuosic style full
of quirky rhythmic and harmonic ideas colored by his
mischievous sense of humor. Grierís four solo CDs,
capped by one of his best, 1998ís Hootenanny, inspired
and challenged flatpickers throughout the decade and
showed that, by looking forward and backward at the
same time, it is possible to create a wholly original
style within a traditional genre.
Grier is a restless musician, never satisfied with one
musical format or style... Heís best heard in smaller
duet or trio situations that give him plenty of room
to soar and experiment.... Grierís style is too
personal (and technically difficult) to inspire a
string of copycats, but heís given a much needed kick
in the pants to the flatpicking world, firmly
launching it into the next century.
†Known as one of the foremost mandolin players on
today's traditional acoustic music scene, Grammy
winner, Mike Compton is perhaps best known as the
featured mandolin player on the "Oh, Brother Where
Art Thou" movie and soundtrack. He also performed on
the "Down From The Mountain" Tour, as well as the Cold
Mountain Tour. He has collaborated with such diverse
notables as John Hartford, David Grier, Ralph Stanley,
Sting, and Elvis Costello. Mike currently plays
mandolin with the Nashville Bluegrass Band and was
nominated for the 2005 and 2006 IBMA Mandolin Player
Of The Year.
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