Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso—Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals)—just keeps growing in reach and was recently signed to the longtime New England folk label Rounder. Influenced by the contradiction of its progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes, Mipso has been hailed as “hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular” (Acoustic Guitar) and was recently recognized by Rolling Stone as an "Artist You Need to Know." The band brings a unique sound, full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes. Venturing ever further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn.
Since meeting as students at The New England Conservatory in 2004, Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis have collaborated in many settings, finding time to make music together in between each of their busy schedules as individuals. Kearney is the bassist and songwriter for pop-soul band Lake Street Dive and released her debut solo album Won’t Let You Down in 2017 (Davis played bass on Kearney’s album release tour). Davis released his debut solo album Nothing Matters in 2018 (Kearney is a frequent guest performer and co-wrote one of the tracks), he also released a collaborative record with Joan As Police Woman is 2016, is a member of indie folk-band Cuddle Magic, and writes, records, and performs with many artists including Okkervil River, Kimbra, and Anaïs Mitchell. Kearney and Davis will be releasing a new album together in 2020.