David Long

"David Long is clearly a next generation musician stepping forward to honor and keep tradional sounds of bluegrass in his playing and composing." - Country Standard Time

"Today, a revival of traditional music is in full swing and gritty, soulful mandolin playing is again at the forefront. At the top of the list of new masters is David Long. Mentored by Wakefield and Compton, David brings incredible energy and enthusiasm to his music. His playing is confident and forthright, and his knowledge of the Monroe songbag is second to none. Add to his amazing right wrist and super strong attack and you have one of the best tradtional mandolin players to come along in recent memory." -Mandozine
  David Long is a mandolin player from Nashville, Tennessee. Long has been described as a next generation musician with traditional sounds of bluegrass. Long's music career started in 1996. He plays Rural Country Blues, Old Time Bluegrass, and Early Black String Band styles. David’s style of playing was influenced by Bill Monroe, Frank Wakefield, and Mike Compton. David has played with the Wildwood Valley Boys for about two years, Karl Shiflett and his Big Country Show, Dale Ann Bradley, the Little Country Giants, Woody Pines, and many more. 
   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. Both had an interest in string band music.  In 2006, David and Mike recorded an album together titled Stomp. The album was recorded in San Francisco with the help of David Grisman. In 2006 the album was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year.
  David is considered to be one of the new masters of traditional, bluegrass mandolin playing. He has performed around the world, including two tours in Japan as well as Australia, playing at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and National Folk Festival in Canberra (2005).