The North Carolina string band fuses traditional mountain music with shades of modern pop songwriting and impeccable harmonies for a powerful and compelling original sound. They’ll be making their Rockport debut touring in support of their latest release, Edges Run.
Formed in Chapel Hill while at school, the foursome– Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals) – quickly became a staple in the thriving North Carolina roots music scene, releasing Dark Holler Pop in 2013. Two years later they returned with Old Time Reverie, produced by Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin, which saw the band adding more diverse instrumentation and venturing outside of the “classic” string band tradition. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts. 2017 found the band experimenting even further with Coming Down the Mountain adding drums and pedal steel to the instrumental mix.
The band brings a distinctly unique sound – full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes. Venturing ever-further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn.
Their most recent release, 2018’s Edges Run, again debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts, cementing the band as one of the most beloved and acclaimed roots ensembles in the country.