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Mipso's "Old Time Reverie" Debuts at #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass Charts

posted Oct 18, 2015, 11:32 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Oct 18, 2015, 11:32 AM ]
Following its first week of release, Old Time Reverie – the new album from acclaimed stringband modernists Mipso – has debuted at the coveted #1 spot on Billboard magazine's Bluegrass Chart. The album also charted at #20 on the venerable publication's Folk Chart and #23 on their Heatseekers Chart, which tracks new and developing artists. 

Birthed from the ongoing renaissance currently enriching and expanding the traditional vocabularies of old time and bluegrass music, Old Time Reverie finds rising stringband Mipso putting time-honored tools to work on new terrain – with evocative, intoxicating results. Constant touring has tightened their attack, lending a new degree of authority and cohesion to their sound, while the addition of fiddler and vocalist Libby Rodenbough to the existing lineup of Jacob Sharp (mandolin), Joseph Terrell (guitar), and Wood Robinson (bass), has added new colors to an already rich palette.

The album’s original songs paint morally nuanced portraits of Mipso's complex and evolving native landscape. “Being young artists living in the middle of North Carolina is inherently complicated,” adds Libby Rodenbough, “because we’re trying to position ourselves within our family, state, regional histories – while being true to all the understanding of the world we’ve gained over the past year. This album contains a lot of songs that deal with moral ambiguity and the struggles that come with forging an identity – which has a lot to do with the fact that we’re from and continue to live in North Carolina.”

“By being on the road 200 days a year,” adds guitarist Joseph Terrell, “we’ve come to understand how we fit into this idea of the New South – not the south of old stereotypes, but a really intriguing, nuanced place that’s educated and progressive, while also embracing its traditions.”

For more information about Mipso and Old Time Reverie, visit

Tour dates:

10/23/15 Cedarburg, WI Performing Arts Center
10/28/15 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
11/05/15 Okoboji, IA Pearson Lakes Art Center
11/06/15 Orange City, IA Orange City Arts Council
11/21/15 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
03/05/16 Red Wing, MN The Sheldon Theatre