Rising Appalachia Bio
Rising Appalachia is an internationally touring Americana and world folk ensemble steeped in the soul of the South. It is the brainchild of Atlanta-raised sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith, rooted in the traditional folk music of their family, storytelling, songcathing, grassroots activism, lyrical prowess, and a multi-instrumental tapestry of their melodic ensemble.
Rising Appalachia’s music is a reflection of their times, blending folk traditions with contemporary themes, lyrics, and poetry. The band’s unique sound is shaped by Leah and Chloe’s soulful vocals, simple instrumentation, and seamless harmonies, unique to siblings raised in folk traditions. They are joined by a host of talented musicians who bring their own cultural influences, enriching the blend of folk, world, and urban music that defines the smooth sound of Rising Appalachia. Featuring full-time members David Brown (upright bass, baritone guitar), Duncan Wickle (fiddle, cello), and Biko Casini (drums and world percussion), plus a host of special guests, expect to be swooned into a tapestry of silky sounds.
Their journey has taken them around the world, from sailboat tours across British Columbia to street theater festivals in Southern Italy, a busking career in New Orleans, and traditional song studies in Ireland, Bulgaria, Latin America, and beyond. They have also engaged in immersive cultural exchange programs and music gatherings everywhere that they go. Their dedication for nearly two decades to their craft has led them to acclaimed appearances (Telluride and Bluegrass Festival, Preservation Jazz Hall, Bob Bilen’s Tiny Desk, Red Rocks, and more) and sold-out concerts at venues across the country.
Through their music, Rising Appalachia bridges cultures and stories, creating connections that resonate deeply with their audiences of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Expect a boot-stomping banjo tune alongside an eerie ballad of beats and blues all mashed up with a piece of breathtaking cello, fiddle, and bowed bass.
Eschewing established industry norms, Leah, Chloe, and their team have followed the invitation to intuitively and independently forge their own path. Fifteen years and seven studio albums into an ambitious adventure that has already taken these medicine women around the world, Rising Appalachia continues spreading musical catharsis with an iridescent elixir of global soul. Come join the songs and make them your own.