David Long (mandolin player)

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David Long is a mandolin player from Nashville, Tennessee. He was born in the winter of 1975.[1] Long has been described as a next generation musician with traditional sounds of bluegrass.[2] Long's music career started in 1996. He plays Rural Country Blues, Old Time Bluegrass,and Early Black String Band.[1] David’s style of playing was influenced by Bill Monroe, Frank Wakefield, and Mike Compton.[3] David has played with the Wildwood Valley Boys for about two years, and with Karl Shiflett and his Big Show.[2]


In 2003, David and Mike Compton, a well known mandolin player and Grammy winner, worked as a duet. They met at Mohican Bluegrass Festival in Central Ohio in 1999.[4] Both had an interest in string band music.[2] In 2006, David and Mike recorded an album together titled Stomp. The album was recorded in San Francisco with the help of David Grisman, another mandolin player.[5]


  • "Evening Prayer Blues"
  • "Ashland Breakdown"
  • "How You Want It Done"
  • "Evening Prayers Blues"
  • "January Nightmare"
  • "Big Indian Blues" [6]