Mipso Packs The Lawn At American Tobacco

Aug 29, 2014

Last night, the "Lawn" at American Tobacco in Durham resounded with acoustic and bluegrass melodies from two North Carolina-based up-and-coming bands. 

The next-to-last Back Porch Music On The Lawn Concert for 2014 got started at 6 p.m. Victoria Lee And New Ground opened the show. The headliner was Mipso.

Mipso

Mipso was formed in 2010 by a trio of UNC-Chapel Hill  students who wanted to explore new ideas and sounds in Appalachian-based folk music. Mandolin player Jacob Sharp, originally from Morganton, NC, bassist Wood Robinson, originally from Greensboro, NC, and guitarist Joseph Terrell, originally from High Point, form the core of Mipso.

The band members are self-described "renegade traditionalists" who appreciate roots history but are willing to cross boundaries in order to musically explore.

Victoria Lee And New Ground

Currently in the studio to record their debut album, Victoria Lee and New Ground is a bluegrass band based in the Raleigh, NC, area. Victoria Lee is a student at Longleaf School of the Arts. The young band is winning new fans with their hard-driving bluegrass and country covers along with their original tunes.

MIpso performed to a packed house at American Tobacco, 8/28/2014
Credit Taylor Sharp / via Twitter