Mike Marshall (musician)

Mike Marshall (born Michael James Marshall, July 17, 1957 in New Castle, Pennsylvania) is a bluegrass mandolinist who has collaborated with David Grisman and Darol Anger.

Mike Marshall
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Background information
Birth nameMichael James Marshall
Born (1957-07-17) July 17, 1957 (age 63)
New Castle, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresBluegrass, classical, jazz
InstrumentsMandolin, guitar, violin
Years active1979–present
LabelsRounder, Windham Hill, Compass, Sony Classical, Adventure
Associated actsDavid Grisman, Montreux, Psychograss, Darol Anger, Modern Mandolin Quartet

He grew up in Lakeland, Florida. When he was 18, he won Florida state contests on fiddle and mandolin.[1] He considers his discovery of David Grisman's music a significant event in his life, admiring how Grisman combined jazz and Latin styles into his own form of bluegrass.[2] After Marshall moved to California, he collaborated with Grisman on film music and soon after was invited by Grisman to join the quintet. He was a member of the David Grisman Quintet from 1985–1990, touring with Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Stéphane Grappelli, and Darol Anger.[1]

Marshall and Darol Anger collaborated often during their careers. They founded Montreux, with Barbara Higbie and Michael Manring, and the supergroup Psychograss, with Tony Trischka and Todd Phillips. Like Grisman, both groups played an eclectic style of music that combined classical, folk, jazz, and bluegrass. Marshall has performed Brazilian music with the band Choro Famoso and on his second solo album, Brazil: Duets. He released his debut solo album, Gator Strut, in 1989.[1]

Marshall is a virtuoso on the mandolin. He plays a 1924 Gibson F-5 mandolin that was signed by Lloyd Loar.[2] He helped start the Modern Mandolin Quartet. His wife, Caterina Lichtenberg, is a German mandolinist. He collaborated with mandolinist Chris Thile on Into the Cauldron (2003)[1]. Both he and Caterina teach online mandolin lessons through ArtistWorks.


Year Album Chart positions Label
US Bluegrass US Country
1985 Chiaroscuro Windham Hill
1987 Gator Strut Rounder
1996 Brasil: Duets Rhino
1998 Midnight Clear Acorn
2001 Wine Country Menus and Music
2002 At Home and on the Range Compass
2003 Into the Cauldron (with Chris Thile) 6 71 Sugar Hill
Serenata Adventure
2004 Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso
2005 Brazil Duets
2006 Live: Duets (with Chris Thile) 6 Sugar Hill
New Words (Novas Palavras) Adventure
2007 Mike Marshall and Darol Anger with Vasen
2009 Mike Marshall, Alex Hargreaves and Paul Kowert as Big Trio
2010 Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall
2013 Mike Marshall & the Turtle Island Quartet
2014 Segunda Vez with Choro Famoso
2015 J.S. Bach with Caterina Lichtenberg
2018 Third Journey with Caterina Lichtenberg


  1. ^ a b c d Harris, Craig. "Mike Marshall | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Fancher, Lou (June 14, 2011). "Mandolin 'nerd' Marshall revels in wide variety of styles – The Mercury News". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved December 18, 2016.

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