February 5, 2018: The one and only Mike Compton stops in for Mandolin Mondays this week for a gut wrenching blues tune played on an amazing Lloyd Loar mandolin (July 9, 1923 #73725).

Mike has a mandolin curriculum vitae longer than anyone in the business. To name a few notable chapters in his career he was a founder of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, a longtime John Hartford collaborator, a member of the Soggy Bottom Boys band made famous through the popular film O Brother Where, Art Thou?, and an IBMA and Grammy award-winning recording artist. He’s an incredible performer, historian, and instructor to say the least!

Here, Mike gives us the historical backstory to the piece in this video, “This old blues originates from a series of interviews done by the late master fiddler Alan Jabbour in 1966-67 on the fiddling of Mr. Henry Reed from Glen Lyn, Virginia. Mr Reed called this a “colored piece” because it came from a black community in North Carolina. There is not indication on the recording as to where in North Carolina, however.”

Connect with Mike at the links below for more information about his music. You can also contact him through his website to get a transcription of the melody to this tune:


And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then…

Happy Picking!