There are lot’s of reasons to come out to Otus Supply in Ferndale tonight — Tuesday, April 4. If you haven’t attended a show at Otus Supply Company, and you love great food, top service and a great concert room, Mipso’s show presents a great opportunity.
Chapel Hill’s Mipso is making it’s first Detroit appearance, in advance of their new album, Coming Down the Mountain. With this release, Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country mingle easily with Appalachian tradition. The resulting album is a thing of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes. The new album builds upon the strength of their 2015 album, Old Time Reverie, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard bluegrass chart despite including sounds far afield from any one tradition.
For those familiar with the music of North Carolina and Tennessee, Mipso’s music leans unmistakably to the east of the Smoky Mountain divide. The poetic song writing, gentle pace and natural blending of voice and instrument reflect influences of Doc Watson, Elizabeth Cotten and of more recent times the Avett Brothers. Despite their youth, this quartet is firmly rooted in ageless mountain music. Any of their albums or performances move seamlessly from one genre to another bridging many eras. “When I’m Gone”, is an exquisitely mournful gospel tune, that could easily be drawn from a old hymnal.
The ballad “Down in the Water” weaves an evocative story line with a delicate melody. Happily Mipso does not sweep the listener away with the frenzy so typical of cheap new grass bands who mask talent behind excited meter. Mipso understands great music does not hurry and is best savored like a good meal with friends. You will find have both if take in Mipso as Otus Supply tonight.
Mipso is: Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals) Wood Robinson (bass, vocals)Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals)Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals)