The renegade traditionalists of Mipso — Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, and Wood Robinson on double bass — are doing their part to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, the three North Carolina songwriters of Mipso have wandered off the path blazed by Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson to find a new clearing for their southern string band sound.
From Morganton, NC, Jacob got his first mandolin after winning a fishing bet with his dad. Jacob graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 with a degree in Geography and International Studies.
Wood is from Greensboro, North Carolina. A student of jazz, his favorite album is Bill Evans’ “Sunday At the Village Vanguard”. Wood graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 with a degree in Geology and Environmental Science.
Joseph is from High Point, North Carolina, where his grandmother taught him his first song on guitar, Doc Watson’s “Tom Dooley”. Joseph graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 with a degree in Religious Studies and Cultural Studies.
We just had one of our favorite weekends of shows….ever. Boone, Asheville, and the one and only Cat’s Cradle — all in three days. Our friend Chris Eldridge brought his trademark “Critter” musical badassery, tearing through tunes from Tony Rice to Elliot Smith. We got a master class in musicianship right before we stepped on stage. In Asheville we shared the stage with Critter as well as the great NC fiddle player Josh Goforth. OK, recap: There’s nothing like playing in North Carolina, and we’re lucky guys to get to watch and learn from killer sasquatches of musicians like Critter and Josh.
A bit of exciting springtime news: Joseph just heard that he’s a finalist in Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest! Some past winners include Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt and lots of other very talented folks. He’ll be performing “Angelina Jane Is Long Gone” at Merlefest in front of judges Charles Humphrey III, Darrell Scott, and Niall Toner. We’re all excited to be there listening and cheering. Wish him luck, and read more about the contest here.x
Ohio! It’s Japanese for “good morning” and also where we are right now. So, ohio, everyone. We’re cruising through the tail end of a tour through Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia with our friends, The Sea The Sea. Check out their website, buy their new record, call your mom about them, wait in line to get tickets to their show…etc. They’re a kind of indie Graham & Emmylou, a beautiful and engaging harmonizing duo who also happen to be great songwriters. And the best part is they’re as nice as they are talented. It’s great to be on the road with them. See you back in NC soon!x
Folks, meet Critter! At the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro (April 4th) and Isis Music Hall in Asheville (April 5th) we’ll be joined by one of our favorite musicians, Chris “Critter” Eldridge. Chris is a member of the Punch Brothers and generally one of the most celebrated acoustic guitarists of the past decade. Well…we’re really excited.This is Joseph writing, and….I’m just going to have to keep a hand propped up to my jaw so it doesn’t fall to the floor over and over during our concert. Critter is amazing. And a really nice guy. We can’t wait for you to see him.
For a taste of his tasty talent, check out Critter’s new EP recorded with young jazz luminary Julian Lage.x
We got caught in a snow storm in Augusta, GA. We slipped through the ice of frozen Walden Pond. We bundled up in Boston, Providence, and New York, and drove all up and down the coast we call home. After 26 shows and…drumroll… 5,165 miles…we’re back home.
In short, it’s been awesome. We’ve met so many great people who have come to concerts, offered us their couches (and sometimes even breakfast), and show us their towns as we pass through. We’re getting used to life on the road. There are down sides, of course, like missing family and friends and home routines, but the variety of road days provides a satisfying compromise. How else could we have catfish in Charleston on Monday and knishes in Manhattan on Friday? All while playing lots of music. Thanks, everyone, for making these past couple of months great. We’ll be back!