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April 20, 2006
Mando Masters MIKE COMPTON & DAVID LONG Visit Salt Lake City!
MANDO MASTERS MIKE COMPTON & DAVID LONG VISIT SALT LAKE CITY MAY 9TH & 10TH!

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NASHVILLE, TN - Don't miss the exciting acoustic sounds of two of today's most prolific string masters as Mike Compton & David Long bring their blend of traditional American roots music to Salt Lake City on May 9th and 10th. Comtpon & Long will present music in support of their new Acoustic Disc Records and David Grisman produced album - STOMP - the first duet album by these two amazing players.

The immense popularity of the music from O Brother Where Art Thou brought forth a torrent of interest in traditional American roots music. Whether it be bluegrass, old-time, blues, gospel or ragtime, there is no finer practitioner of this idiom on the mandolin than Mike Compton of the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Widely acclaimed for his contributions to the Oh Brother soundtrack and tour, he teams up here with David Long, a young gifted mandolinist and vocalist. Together they sing and play a variety of string instruments. It seems only fitting that these masters of traditional American music found their way to David Grisman's studio to record their first release, STOMP.

With Bill Monroe originals like "Evening Prayer Blues," Ashland Breakdown," "Old Mountaineer" and "Tanyards," one hears the soulful essence of Monroe's musical wisdom channeled through this gifted duo. Other traditional rarities like "Mississippi Bound," The Old Ark's A Movin'," and "Every Humble Knee Must Bow" are showcased in classic form, revealing Compton and Long's deep understanding of the folk idiom.

Original compositions by Mike Compton are high-lighted in the hypnotic "Big Indian Blues," the exciting down-home blues octave mandolin solo, "Stomp" and the slinky cello banjo vehicle, "Black's Run."

David Long's composing skills are showcased in "January Nightmare" and "Centerpede Hop," including the humorous story behind this lively collaboration.

STOMP features both original and traditional gems and is a moving musical odyssey through the "pre-bluegrass" rural deep south, sure to delight the listener with vocals and instrumentals in a variety of tradiational American folk genres. These fellows spend their lives making music, and it'll be a great evening with a two players pouring their hearts into their music and leaving the listener with a feeling of an evening well spent.

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*** SHOW INFO ~ Tuesday, May 9, 2006 Salt Lake City, UT HOUSE CONCERT 7 p.m. / $10 CONTACT FOR TIX INFO: Hugh Bollinger 801-359-3435 *** Wednesday, May 10, 2006 Salt Lake City, UT Mandolin Workshop 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. / $50 CONTACT FOR CLASS INFO: Hugh Bollinger 801-359-3435

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