North Carolina's Mipso carry a variety of influences into the traditional string band format. While attending college at UNC-Chapel Hill, mandolinist Jacob Sharp, guitarist Joseph Terrell, and bassist Wood Robinson began playing together in informal jam sessions, learning their craft as instrumentalists and developing their rich vocal blend.
Initially billed as the Mipso Trio, their 2012 debut Long, Long Gone, blended regional Appalachian influences with early country, jazz, bluegrass, and folk, and featured collaborations by guest fiddler Libby Rodenbough. The band began gigging more frequently and, after partnering with local Chapel Hill label Robust
, released their 2013 follow-up, Dark Holler Pop. With their name truncated simply to Mipso, their second album became a surprise hit, quickly rising to number eight on Billboard's Bluegrass chart and raising the band's profile significantly. By the time of 2015's Old Time Reverie, Rodenbough had joined the group as full-time member, and their sound continued to expand into richer, and occasionally darker, textures. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi