Brilliant Idea – innovative educational project

The first time I heard Libby Rodenbough sing “Down in the Water” was in a Mexican restaurant in Davidson, North Carolina, in August of 2014. As the fiddle player for Mipso, a rising young bluegrass-influenced band out of Chapel Hill, she sometimes sings lead on songs with the band, but, as far as I could remember, only on covers. So after the show, I made my way through the crowd to the small corner where they had been performing and asked her about the song. It had a haunting melody that affixed itself directly onto my brain and intriguing, poetic lyrics. If it was a cover I wanted to know who had written it so that I could find more like it.

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