Mipso, a folksy Americana band, is propelling a chart-topping new album into a national tour that includes a stop in Orange City on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unity Christian Knight Center. Sponsor of the show is Orange City Arts.
The Oct. 2 release of Old Time Reverie debuted at the enviable number one spot on Billboard’s national bluegrass chart.
They’re more than bluegrass, though: they’re elegant pop, winsome folk & a touch of country. “I don’t see why ‘bluegrass’ shouldn’t work a little more like the term ‘jazz,’” Mipso’s Joseph Terrell said. “It’s a big tent.” Click here!
Mipso’s new release also secured the revered music magazine’s, Billboard’s, 20th spot on the folk chart and 22nd on the heatseekers’ chart, which tracks up-and-coming artists.
“We pull a lot from the traditional music of North Carolina — the foundation that brought us together musically,” Sharp said. “Now, we try to imagine older forms in new ways, creating a fresh popular version of those older sounds.”
The trailblazing southern string band hails from North Carolina, referring to themselves as “renegade traditionalists.” Sharp’s bandmates include Joseph Terrell on guitar, Libby Rodenbough on fiddle and Wood Robinson on double bass.
The band will bring their spins on traditional influences to 180 shows across the country during this album release tour.
“The best part is traveling all around the country to cool new places you might not otherwise see,” Sharp said.
The band will play six shows across Iowa, playing college towns like Ames and Iowa City, and a bit of everything in-between: Fairfield, Des Moines, Okoboji (click here for info on the Okoboji show) and Orange City.
“We’re excited to visit a new part of Iowa and see what Orange City is all about,” Sharp said.
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Attendees of all ages are welcome to take in the rich melodies and toe-tapping tunes.
“We see different audiences everywhere. Kids through grandparents find something they can connect to, regardless of age,” Sharp said. “We primarily play our own material, but sometimes we do some unexpected covers, too. We share some stories and keep the fun going.”
The Mipso concert is part of the Orange City Arts’ Beyond Onstage series. More information about Mipso is available by emailing ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or phoning 712-707-4885.
Bringing southern tunes to Iowa prairies
Mipso, a folksy quartet with lots of soul, combines Southern roots with a fresh brand of Americana music. The group –which recently debuted as number one bluegrass album on Billboard charts — will perform at Unity’s Knight Center in Orange City on Nov. 6 at 7:30pm, as part of the Orange City Arts’ Beyond Onstage series.