It's not often that a soundtrack overshadows the film it scores. It happened in 1996 with the much-hyped soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet, a '90s fruit cocktail consisting of Radiohead, Garbage, Everclear and The Cardigans. Four years later, it happened again with the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' O' Brother, Where Art Thou.
Compiled by famed music producer T-Bone Burnett (Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello), the O' Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack features bluegrass, gospel, country and blues tracks from a variety of contemporary artists, including the Soggy Bottom Boys, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch.
But there's another name that graces the credits on the O' Brother soundtrack that many might not recognize: Mike Compton, an acclaimed bluegrass mandolinist who currently performs with The Nashville Bluegrass Band and is touring with Elvis Costello and The Sugarcanes. On Saturday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Compton will teach a $60 Monroe-style mandolin workshop for intermediate to advanced players at the Blue Moose Cafe in Eagle. Later that evening, he'll give a special performance with locals Chicken Dinner Road while patrons feast on a barbecue dinner.
Saturday, May 29, 6 p.m., $20, includes barbecue dinner, The Blue Moose Cafe, 79 E. Aikens Road, Eagle, 208-941-5611, thebluemoosecafe.net.