The renegade traditionalists of Mipso are doing their part to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, these four North Carolinians are touring the country to support their 2013 release, “Dark Holler Pop”.
From Morganton, NC, Jacob got his first mandolin after winning a fishing bet with his dad.
Wood is from Greensboro, North Carolina. A student of jazz, his favorite album is Bill Evans’ “Sunday At the Village Vanguard”.
Joseph is from High Point, North Carolina, where his grandmother taught him his first song on guitar, Doc Watson’s “Tom Dooley”.
Though she grew up playing classical violin, Libby took a year off during college to study folk music in Chicago and fiddle in Ireland. Libby is from Greensboro, NC.
Northeast friends, we’re coming to see you! Drag yourself away from the fire and through the snow drifts to a show. We’ll be heading to familiar territory—Boston, New York, DC—and also exploring new cities in Maine and Vermont. Tell your friends! Dates below.
FRI JAN 9 Washington, DC @ Hill Country BBQ Market
FRI JAN 16 Portland, MA @ One Longfellow Square
SAT JAN 17 Madison, CT @ North Madison Congregational Church
SUN JAN 18 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
TUES JAN 21 Somerville, MA @ Johnny D’s
WED JAN 22 Burlington, VT @ Nectars
THUR JAN 23 Blairstown, NJ @ Historic Blairstown Theatre
FRI JAN 24 Jim Thorpe, PA @ Mauch Chunk Opera House
SUN JAN 25 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
WED JAN 28 Ashland, VA @ Ashland Coffee and Tea
Studio time. We are nose to the grindstone at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill working on a new record. We’re using words like “tone” and “presence”. We’re talking about “vintage Neumanns” and “B3” and “herringbone”. We have a good feeling about this. Here’s our producer, Andrew “The Quincy Jones of Bluegrass” Marlin, and our engineer, Jerry “Magic Ears” Brown, presiding over PURE GOLD. Oh, and Libby.
Our first show, four years ago, was at a pig pickin’ party on Cameron Avenue in Chapel Hill. On Friday night we took the stage just a few blocks away. It was a sold out show in Chapel Hill and our first time playing the historic Memorial Hall. We were honored to trace the footsteps of the greats who’ve played that stage before us. Thanks to Carolina Performing Arts for having us, and for the Steep Canyon Rangers who shared the stage with us and put on a heck of a show.
Ohhh, man. We’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time! It’ll be a proud moment for us as musicians, and for us as North Carolinians, to celebrate Doc’s legacy and take the stage at Merlefest. And we’re pretty pumped to be listed in this first lineup announcement alongside some friends and heroes. Can’t wait for April.
The International Bluegrass Music Association came to Raleigh this week and the townfolks rejoiced. The City of Raleigh, and the great Pinecone organization, pulled off a heroic task in planning for joyful music on multiple stages and welcoming over 100k visitors to downtown. It was awesome to feel the city come alive. We played 8 shows in 5 days, slept very little, and couldn’t keep the smiles off our faces. By the time IBMA comes back next year, we’ll probably be ready to hear banjos again.
Here we are at the Longview Center on Moore Square. Thanks to Dan Schram for the great photo.