Mipso, a quartet of Appalachian “renegade traditionalists,” will bring its unique sound to Cheraw’s Theatre on the Green at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Tickets are now available for $12 per person.
Mipso’s members are doing their part to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, these four North Carolinians have been touring the country and will soon release “Old-Time Reverie,” their latest album.
When Mipso’s 2013 debut, “Dark Holler Pop,” rose to No. 8 on Billboard’s bluegrass charts, the success surprised a lot of people — Mipso’s four members included.
“Well, we didn’t know so many people would buy it,” mandolin player Jacob Sharp said with a laugh, “and we definitely didn’t know we were a bluegrass band.”
Since then, Mipso has performed more than 300 shows and welcomed frequent collaborator Libby Rodenbough’s voice and fiddle to the fold — and its members have continued to grow as musicians and songwriters, while drawing continual inspiration from their rich North Carolina roots.
Their new album, “Old-Time Reverie” — produced by Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin — is a reflection of that musical and personal growth. In a news release announcing the Sept. 3 show, the album is described as “a gripping, mature sophomore release that finds the quartet expanding their sonic resources while doubling down on their experimentation with string band tradition.”
For more information or to buy tickets, contact the Cheraw Arts Commission at 843-537-8420, extension 12.