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.
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!
Folks, we’ve headed south. This morning we woke up on the couch, futon, and floor of a very nice friend’s apartment in Clemson, SC. Next we’re headed to Greenville, SC, trucking around the Palmetto State, and then making our way to Georgia. It’s the first time we’ve really toured outside of North Carolina. We’ve got lots of trail mix in the Subaru and sleeping bags packed in the back. We’re excited to be on the road. Thanks to all the friends and family members who are helping us on this first leg of our Southern adventure. We’ll give you an update soon from the road. Stay tuned.
West Coast, meet Mipso. We’re coming to California!!
We’re pumped about the destinations—San Francisco and LA—and about the prospect of escaping the slushy North Carolina winter weather. We’re especially excited to be sharing the bill with our great friends and hometown heroes, Mandolin Orange, in San Francisco. We’re also playing a house show hosted by the great folks at The Bluegrass Situation in L.A. Can’t wait to get over there.
Check out the dates below, tell your friends, and come out and see us!
Dec 5 – San Francisco, CA at Amnesia w/ Mandolin Orange
Dec 8 – Kentfield, CA at Farese house
Dec 9 – Mountain View, CA at Google Campus
Dec 11 – Los Angeles, CA at house show hosted by Bluegrass Situation (email for details)
Dec 12 – Los Angeles, CA at private partyx
We couldn’t me more excited to announce that our new album, “Dark Holler Pop,” is finally out. We just heard that it has officially made the top ten of Billboard’s national bluegrass charts!! (Yep, we couldn’t quite believe it either.)
It’s been nineteen months since we released our last CD. 586 days. Since then we’ve pushed our little Subaru all across the Old North State, from Asheville to Wilmington—and dozens of towns in between. We’ve played over 140 concerts in five states. We’ve toured Japan and China (without the Subaru), losing count of the hours and miles on bullet trains between bluegrass festivals and humid sake bars. We’ve bought a gas station discount card, replaced a trailer hitch, and even lost one guitar somewhere in transit between Tokyo and Vancouver. (We found it—eventually.)
When it came time to record our newest songs, we poured our hearts and souls into the recording process. We hope you’ll agree that all the months on the road helped to polish us into a leaner, meaner young band than we’ve ever been before. We’re really proud of the new album.
Working with some of our heroes added a little extra-special spice to the process in the Rubber Room studio in Chapel Hill. Andrew Marlin, of Mandolin Orange, produced and engineered the album. His partner in crime, Emily Frantz, lent us her talents, as well as John Teer and Chandler Holt of Chatham County Line, Bobby Britt (a Chapel Hill native!) of bluegrass hotshots Town Mountain, Chris Roszell of Big Fat Gap, and the always kind and tasteful Phil Cook, of Megafaun. Lessons learned: 1) it’s great making music in the Triangle and 2) we feel like very lucky guys.
Well, don’t you want a copy now? Order one onRobust Records’ websiteand you can also check it out iTunes and Spotify all the usual robotic locations.
Thanks for all of your support over these past three years. We hope to see you very soon.
Joseph, Jacob, and Woodx