Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Old Time Reverie

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Old Time Reverie

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Mipso

Old Time Reverie

Robust Records

Chapel Hill string band delivers a front-porch sweetness

Nearly 20 years after the death of Bill Monroe, young bluegrassers still feel a need to explain how they're different and how they're the same. On this second album, Chapel Hill, North Carolina's Mipso continues to define itself and place within the tradition.

In the two years since Dark Holler Pop, the trio-Jacob Sharp (mandolin), Joseph Terrell (guitar), and Wood Robinson (bass)-has become a quartet, discovering what they'd been missing all along: Libby Rodenbough, whose fiddle provides the perfect balance for Terrell's guitar, each playing with a lively, gentle lyricism. She's helped clarify the band's folk-pop center, which is what makes their sound so distinct, and broaden their emotional range. There's no banjo, no twang, no high tenor, and no bluegrass overdrive. …

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