PNW, California, East Coast, and Canada in band’s sights for October and November
June 7, 2019 – Asheville, NC – Rising Appalachia, America’s new favorite World-Folk musicians, have already had a career-defining year, and it’s not yet July. Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith have already led the band to new heights in 2019; releasing their much-anticipated LP Leylines to praise from fans and critics alike. Brooklyn Vegan called “Speak Out,” one of the album’s standout tunes featuring Ani DiFranco, “an appealing dose of fiddle-fueled folk and close harmonies.” NPR praised album closer, “Resilient,” as an “uplifting, original folk anthem” and Rolling Stone called their sound “protest music for the modern age bolstered by delicate, skillful musicianship and otherworldly vocal harmonies.” This spring, in addition to touring in support of Leylines, the duo still made time to participate in a six-week cultural exchange trip through Argentina, Uruguay, and Peru—read about Leah and Chloe’s expedition in their No Depression spotlight here.
On Leylines, Leah and Chloe are joined by longtime members David Brown (stand-up bass, baritone guitar) and Biko Casini (world percussion, n’goni), as well as two new members: West African musician Arouna Diarra (n’goni, talking drum) and Irish musician Duncan Wickel (fiddle, cello). The sonic textures of these two cultures are woven into Leylines, enhancing the stunning blend of folk, world, and urban music that has become Rising Appalachia’s calling card.
No strangers to travel, both far and wide, Rising Appalachia have just announced a solid two months of North American tour dates. From Colorado to the Pacific Northwest, down the California coast, and east into New Mexico, the group’s October dates focus attention primarily west of the Rockies. November finds Rising Appalachia kicking off the eastern leg in Atlanta, GA, gallivanting through the Southeast and Midwest before winding up into New England, Quebec, and Ontario. The sisters and band will close things out at New York City’s famed Bowery Ballroom.
For the entirety of this tour, Rising Appalachia are offering a limited number of VIP packages for each show. VIPs will receive early entry into the venue, an intimate pre-show acoustic performance and a group conversation with the band, as well as early access to the band’s tour merchandise, and a signed collectible tour poster.
Before their tour kicks off in Aspen, Rising Appalachia will be hitting a number of festivals including 4 Peaks in Bend, OR, ARISE in Loveland, CO, and Americana Fest in Nashville, TN.