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.
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
Over the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the good folks who opened up Fonta Flora Brewery in Morganton, NC. We can go ahead and say it for the record: Fonta Flora is our favorite brewery. First of all, they’re creative and cool and kind and great to hang out with. Second, well, they made a beer for us to celebrate the release of our last record. (A black IPA named Dark Holler Hop…GENIUS.) And then there’s the beer itself. It’s off the charts—and off the wall. From a Oyster Stout to a Local Carrot IPA to a new brew made with miso and mushrooms…that actually tastes really good. This past weekend we played Fonta Flora’s first annual State Of Origin Craft Brew Festival. It featured a bunch of breweries from around the state and their kegged concoctions featuring special, local ingredients—dandelions, honeysuckle, cherries, rosemary, and many more— made specifically for the festival. We had fun tasting beer AND playing music. What a day.
So here’s the message to the people: go check out Fonta Flora. They’re not paying us to say this. We just think they’re great.
Folks, this blog blast carries two very important updates. First, our favorite fiddle player, Libby Rodenbough, turned her tassel yesterday on a beautiful spring day in Chapel Hill. Congratulations, Libby. You’re finally an adult like the rest of us. Doesn’t she look so nice in Carolina Blue?
Second, Libby has found gainful post-grad employment with her favorite neighborhood acoustic harmonizers. That’s right—this trio is officially a quartet. Everyone salute, raise your glass, and give Libby a round of applause as we welcome her to the full-time world of Mipso. Welcome, Libby! As most of you know, we’ve been playing with her almost all of the time for the past two years. Now that she’s graduated, we’re excited to have her join us on the road, in interviews, in the studio… and everywhere else Mipso appears. Three cheers to Libby!x