Mipso to Perform at the University of Mount Olive Nov. 19

Mipso to Perform at the University of Mount Olive Nov. 19

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will hold a concert featuring MIPSO on Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street, Mount Olive). The concert is part of the UMO Recital Series and is free and open to the public.

The renegade traditionalists of Mipso – Jacob Sharp on Mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, Libby Rodenbough on fiddle, and Wood Robinson on double-bass — are doing their part to take four-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, the four 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.


In the process, they’ve kicked up a fuss. IndyWeek heralded the band’s role in the reemergence of southern roots music in North Carolina, crediting Mipso with “expanding the vocabulary of common touchstones” for bluegrass. WUNC hosted live previews of the band’s second album, Long, Long Gone. And all over the southeast, Mipso has been busy playing raucously fun live shows that veer from up-tempo original melodies to madcap acoustic covers of Michael Jackson.


Mipso has become known for sly original lyrics as much as a distinctive sound. The group’s writing brings fresh wit to old themes. Red Eye To Raleigh, for example, presents a classic tale of heartbreak — with a twist. “My broken heart, every injured ventricle, every aching atrium,” Joseph grins. It’s a songwriting style that is both earnest and knowing, dispensing wisdom with an undercutting wink.

Together Mipso brings soul to folk, rock’n’roll to bluegrass, and something funky to Americana. Together they seek to blend and meld the rich acoustic traditions of the Appalachians. Together they are just a few friends who make music.  Together they are Mipso.

For more information, please email Bill Ford at wford@umo.edu. For more information about MIPSO, please visit www.mipsomusic.com.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.