LIVE: Mipso @ Caffe Lena, 2/19/16

February 25th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the acoustic quartet Mipso describes themselves as “renegade traditionalists,” and they lived up to the billing in their Greater Nippertown debut at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs last weekend.

Blending country, folk and bluegrass with exquisite vocal harmonies, the front line tackled lead vocal duties, but guitarist Joseph Terrell took the lion’s share with Jacob Sharp (vocals & mandolin) and Libby Rodenbough (violin & vocals) occasionally stepping up to handle the rest, while Wood Robinson held the rhythm together with his superb up-right bass playing.

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During their two sets in front of a sold-out house, the band featured mostly originals from their albums, Dark Holler Pop (2013) and Old Time Reverie (2015) with a few covers thrown in along the way. There are certainly a lot of pop song-sensibilities permeating the music of the current generation of new-grassers, and this exciting new band was no exception. But several times throughout the evening, the band broke into some old-fashioned bluegrass jams, much to the delight of the audience.

A FEW MINUTES WITH… Jacob Sharp of Mipso

Joseph Terrell and  Wood Robinson

Joseph Terrell and Wood Robinson

Joseph Terrell, Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough

Joseph Terrell, Wood Robinson and Libby Rodenbough

Jacob Sharp

Jacob Sharp