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.
They keep telling us it’s a “mild” winter—for the Midwest. But we are, as you may know, four North Carolinians living out of suitcases. “Mild” is not the four-letter word we’ve been using. Though we’ve done our share of shivering and cursing and wondering—genuinely and out loud, more than once—how well-meaning, smart human beings can live this way on purpose, we’ve also gained some respect for the Good People Of The Midwest. And gained some perspective. We shared a formative realization last week in Iowa City. Walking to the van from our night’s accommodations, one of us remarked, “It doesn’t feel too bad.” We murmured in agreement. After a pause we realized it was EIGHTEEN DEGREES. Yep, good old fashioned Fahrenheit. Added to the list of life lessons: Once you’ve experienced negative eighteen in Ames, positive eighteen in Iowa City really ain’t so bad.
No one has ever told us, at least not explicitly, that our music made them want to put their family pet in the blender. But we’ve always wondered. This is a fan-created poster for our Tulsa, Oklahoma debut. Too good not to share.
With a big new tour comes a big new tour poster. Courtesy Jared Lambert of Raleigh, NC. Check it out. Shoot us an email if you’d like to reserve one.
We’re almost home from the northeast and already set for another big run. 5 weeks and 5000 miles, it’s our biggest tour yet. We’re pumped.
Feb 5 – Greenville, SC – Moe Joe Coffee Greenville
Feb 6 – Dahlonega, GA – The Crimson Moon Cafe
Feb 7 – Tifton, GA – Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts
Feb 8 – New Orleans, LA – House Concert
Feb 11 – Austin, TX – Strange Brew, Lounge Side
Feb 14 – Dallas, TX – Opening Bell Coffee
Feb 16 – Fayetteville, AR – Nomad’s Music Lounge
Feb 18 – Tulsa, OK – Mercury Lounge Tulsa
Feb 19 – Wichita, KS – Farha House Concert
Feb 20 – Kansas City, MO – Folk Alliance International
Feb 21 – Kansas City, MO – Folk Alliance International – The Bluegrass Situationshowcase
Feb 24/25 – Lincoln, NE – Doane College
Feb 26 – Ames, IA – The Maintenance Shop
Feb 27 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill
Feb 28 – Madison, WI – The Brink Lounge
March 2 – Chicago, IL – City Winery Chicago w/ The Hot Sardines
March 3 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center
March 5 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark – Ann Arbor
March 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Eli’s BBQ
March 7 – Knoxville, TN – Boyd’s Jig & Reel
March 10 – Nashville, TN – Private House Concert
March 11 – Nashville, TN – TBA
March 13 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Folk Society
March 14 – Salisbury, NC – Lee Street theatre
See y’all on the road!x
Libby and Joseph sat down with our friend Garland from the great Grassclippings blog before a big show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge. One of our favorite interviewers, Garland actually got us to give some telling hints about the new album in the works…Check it out HERE.