Mipso is born from North Carolina's broad range of disparate musical influences, their distinctly unique sound and 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, Mipso's music is lush and forward moving. A tender, harmony-laden river runs through the band's 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 humor, and underneath it all is a genuine and moving passion for the ever-evolving traditions of Americana.
Shay Martin Lovette
Shay Martin Lovette has been honing his craft on tour across the southeast and beyond since the release of his 2018 album "Swift Drifter." This impressive 2018 solo effort offered a glimpse of Lovette's upbringing in western North Carolina with a batch of thoughtful and finely-crafted songs filled with natural imagery evocative of North Carolina's open spaces. His music has also started to drift overseas where the Berlin, Germany based new folk music curator, Songpickr, referred to Lovette as an "undiscovered jewel" and selected "Swift Drifter" as one of the top albums of the year. Public radio powerhouse, WNCW also ranked "Swift Drifter" in their top 100 albums of 2018 as voted by their listeners. In 2019 he capped off a year of touring by winning Merlefest's 2019 band competition and began work on a new album with his friend Joseph Terrell of the band Mipso at the helm as producer.