Mipso - an American Discovery Performance Friday, September 8, 2017 7:30 pm Ticket info at: www.utc.edu/fine-arts-center Artist info: https://www.mipsomusic.com/ Video link: https://www.mipsomusic.com/watch/ The members of Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso – Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals) – are influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Following on the success of Old Time Reverie (2015) - which shot up to No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and in the Top 25 of the Billboard Heatseekers Chart - Mipso is celebrating the release of their new album Coming Down The Mountain (April 7, 2017). With this new music, Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition. Adding drums and electric instruments to their intimate four-part harmonies and powerful acoustic meld, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with words that sear and salve in turn. Hailed as “hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular” (Acoustic Guitar), and recently recognized by Rolling Stone as a favorite 2016 festival performance, Mipso brings their distinctly unique sound to UTC’s Fine Arts Center – a sound full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes - to open this year’s insight performances.