We’ve been following the rise of a young indie folk band from Chapel Hill known as Mipso. The group coalesced at UNC–Chapel Hill and became a campus favorite. Not long after, they began selling out shows at Cat’s Cradle and appearing throughout the Triangle and beyond. Their 2015 album Old Time Reverie reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart, and The Guardian newspaper called it one of the best records of the year.
Mipso’s first NCMA appearance celebrates the release of a new album, Coming Down the Mountain. The record finds the quartet reaching for a broader Americana sound. Drums and electric guitars meld with powerful harmony singing and acoustic instrumentation.
Mipso features Joseph Terrell on guitar, Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Wood Robinson on bass, and Libby Rodenbough on fiddle.
Another exceptional young North Carolina band, River Whyless, opens the show. Bob Boilen of NPR Music says the band “was my favorite discovery at [last] year’s Americana Music Festival. River Whyless builds its music around fiddle, guitar, and harmonies, with imagination and textures that set the band apart from many of its acoustic and folk-based peers.”