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Yellow House presents Compton & Newberry


Mike Compton and Joe Newberry, masters of old-time mandolin and banjo/guitar, will dig deep into early country music and blues during a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 W. Trish Knight St. in West Plains.

Their duet-singing, two-man string band ranges between traditional songs, instrumentals, ‘mother’ ballads and original tunes.

Compton is a Grammy award winner, International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Player of the Year nominee, a steady sideman for John Hartford from 1994 until Hartford’s death in 2001, and mandolinist for the Nashville Bluegrass Band. According to promoters, he is inarguably the world expert on Bill Monroe-style bluegrass mandolin, and is also steeped in old-time fiddle tunes, early string band music and Delta blues. He’s entertained from Carnegie Hall and the White House to the Yellow House.

Known far and wide for his powerful banjo playing, Newberry is a prizewinning guitarist, songwriter and singer, to boot.

Tickets to this house concert are $20 in advance, available at West Plains Music, or $25 at the door.