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.
To drop a cherry on top of a whirlwind week of travel, last night we hung out backstage at the Grand Ole Opry with The Steep Canyon Rangers. The music was great. The Steeps wowed the crowd. A note on the Opry: the place is swanky. Leather couches and portraits of Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe and other stars all over the walls, hung with stately frames. Somebody told us it’s like the country club of country music. While loitering inconspicuously in the lounge area (as best we could), we spied Ricky Skaggs jamming with Ry Cooder. Holy %$@&. Thanks for the tickets, Steeps!x
Yesterday we met a flight attendant who loved us.
Then this happened.x
After months of success on the film festival circuit (check out the fancy awards on the title screen!), we’re ready for the big reveal. Public, meet “Mipso In Japan.”
“Mipso In Japan” documents our tour of Japan in August 2013. We played 11 shows in two weeks, taking the country by bullet train, bringing only our instruments and our good friend Jon Kasbe to document the journey. Besides being a great friend, Jon is a seriously up-and-coming filmmaker. He is the recipient of the 2014 White House News Photographers Association Student Videographer of the Year Award. It was presented to him in the White House. By President Obama. Hard to get much more awarded than that.x
Last night we celebrated the end of summer, Durham style. It was a beautiful August night in the best North Carolina way: the mugginess just brought us all closer together. We called it warmth. Thanks to all the Durhamites who enjoyed the evening with us.
It is July, and we are about to be putting some serious miles on the Subaru. Our Summer Tour started six hours ago when we filled up on gas and pointed west. We’re now headed to the great American city of Louisville, KY. After that we’ll be eating Cincinnati Chili in Cincinnati and then heading back down to Virginia eating whatever Virginians eat and then we’re on to many more stops down the line. Check out the list of tour dates above and come out to see us, if you’re close by. And if you’re not close but happen to know of a great barbecue spot in Charleston, WV, or a world class coffee shop in Meadville, PA, or have a cousin who runs a Subaru garage in Somerville, MA, shoot us an email. We’re always happy to hear recommendations as we get to know all of these towns and cities and everywhere in between.
Here’s a video we filmed with our friends at the Bluegrass Situation back when we were in Los Angeles. It premiered today to spread the word about our summer tour. Check it out, and we hope to see you soon!x