Two wildly popular Americana bands from North Carolina have selected the Tybee Post Theater as one of only three venues to stage their special three-city tour together.
Mipsos distinctly unique sound an undeniable alchemy of the historical musical traditions of the rural south and their progressive home of Chapel Hill. A discernible and rising force in the upstart musical genre known as Americana, Mipsos music is lush and forward moving. A tender, harmony-laden river runs through the bands core, but the rocky outcroppings change with every album outing. Appalachia melds with modern alt-country, hints of folk-rock are leavened with a sly and subversive sense of humour, and underneath it all is a genuine and moving passion for the ever-evolving traditions of Americana. With the recent release of the bands fifth album, Edges Run (April 2018/Anti-Fragile Music), Mipso continues the complex dance of looking back and moving forward with grace and beauty.
And based on looks alone, Chatham County Line conjures a sepia-toned timelessness by huddling around a single microphone on stage, playing traditional string band instrumentation while clad in suits and ties. But for nearly two decades, the Raleigh, NC-based outfit has consistently crafted top-notch, original modern acoustic music that draws upon American roots forefathers while acknowledging its own members backgrounds in rock bands.
Built around songwriter/guitarist Dave Wilsons clever lines and compelling vignettes, their sound is a treasure trove of the wistful balladry and dynamic toe-tappers that have become hallmarks of the band. John Teer (mandolin/fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass) add stellar three- and four-part harmonies for vocal highlights, while their impeccable yet unconventional pickingrooted in bluegrass but informed by a wealth of other influencesimpresses without overshadowing Wilsons rich storytelling.