This program featured a duo that shares some fertile common ground. Jacob Groopman is a native Richmonder who now calls Richmond, California home and Melody Walker is from the bay area of San Francisco. From their west coast vantage point they’ve led the band Front Country to winning the prestigious Telluride and RockyGrass competitions. And Melody’s song “Black Grace” won the Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest a few years back.
In Your Ear
Here at In Your Ear, we continue to marvel at the abundance of creative young, string bands based in North Carolina…making their own way through an enduring tradition. In this program, we spotlight a quartet from piedmont NC called Mipso, which is a name that they just made up back in 2010…a word that didn’t previously exist, but a word that’s now come to mean well-crafted tunes, haunting harmonies and wonderfully casual and engaging stage presence.
The boy from Boston by way of Florida would become one of the most noted and beloved musicians ever to call Richmond home. Over his four decades of writing songs and sharing his commanding stage presence, Robbin Thompson made legions of fans including prominent players like Bruce Springsteen and Eagle Timothy B Schmit. Robbin fought a long and courageous battle with cancer that ended in the early morning of October 10, 2015.
His name is Warren Hood, born and raised in the all-American music town of Austin, Texas, son of a prominent bandleader and a product of that potent mix of influences. Enjoy a full hour with the Warren Hood Acoustic Trio, featuring Warren on fiddle and vocals, his cousin Marshall Hood on guitar and vocals, and lifelong pal Willie Pipkin, also on guitar.