Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith bring their band Rising Appalachia to The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley for two nights October 29 and 30.
Rising Appalachia was voted “Green Album of the Year” by the Huffington Post and Atlanta’s Best Folk Act by the Creative Loafing. Their tours have taken them across Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, the Indian subcontinent, and across the United States. They are committed to keeping their work accessible at the local level and expanding to larger audiences abroad. They have maintained autonomy by self managing, recording, producing and creating their work.
Joined full-time by their band, Biko Casini on percussion, and David Brown on stand up bass and baritone guitar, expect everything from folk standards to jazz, to New Orleans soul, to old mountain traditionals, to activist anthems, as their style redefines folk music as a truly living art.
Rising Appalachia have toured over 25,000 miles across the US from community collective events to the Kennedy Center. They’ve been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, E-town, The School of America Vigil, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Emory University Shwartz Center, The Beacon Theater NYC, The Lake Eden Arts Festival, Radio Popular Verona, Italy, Guerilla Radio Amsterdam, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Highlander Center 75th Reunion, Burning Man, Urkult (Sweden), and Festa Del Fuoco (Stromboli Italy) and many more.
They’ve independently released six full length albums, including their brand new album Wider Circles. Having been raised in the American South with Appalachian lullabies at night and soul music for breakfast, Leah and Chloe draw inspiration from the global community. Their mother and father claimed art and music as a full part of their lives and the girls have been shaped by the sounds of the South.
“Music is the tool with which we wield political prowess. We are building community and tackling social injustice through melody. It is taking its own personality, carrying us all along the journey down the damp and strange alleyways and cryptic coded pathways to poetic observations, social change, lyrical messages, political rage, symphonic coercing, ferocious bantering, bicycles and train tracks, primal will, fresh air intoxicants, harmony and alliteration, noise and something sweeter than words can ever touch.” says Leah Song.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit TheCenterForTheArts.org.
(Source: The Center for the Arts)