Rising Appalachia’s newest single “Occupy” is based on a powerful and traditional African-American spiritual. While listening to “Occupy” it’s clear that the sisters truly are skilled in putting together a contemporary spin on the traditional melody. “Occupy” is off of the newest EP Alive. The EP is a collection of live moments that they took from the past two years while the band toured Canada, the US, Latin America, and Europe.
Rising Appalachia consists of sisters Leah and Chloe raised in Atlanta by a fiddle playing mother who was inspired by the traditions of the Appalachian Mountains. When the sisters began to pursue their music, they included the sound of the Appalachian instruments, such as the fiddle, claw hammer banjo, and world percussion, with the bass of the hip-hop movement in Atlanta, in which Leah calls is “crunk folk.” In 2006, their first album was recorded in their friend’s basement with no money and no name for their band. The sisters thought nothing of the old drums they pulled out and layered with banjo riffs and gospel turns until local concert halls, radio stations and universities called them out and they were known as the voices of Southern youth. They began to play across the US, Canada, Europe, and Latin America, spreading their sound across the globe.
This year they bring their seventh album “Alive” that was created from a couple of years of serenades between them and the audience backstage across North America. Their unique sound makes them stand out from the millions of bands out there as they have this soul sound with dance-beat and banjo-bass to them with a mix of free-folk that makes Rising Appalachia completely different and makes listeners wants to continue to explore them further. This album goes a step further for uniqueness and features Ayla Nereo and Arouna Diarra. Rising Appalachia celebrates their new album “Alive” by telling their stories through song and how creative they are with their shared experiences.
One thing that Rising Appalachia is a part of, is making the world a better place to live on by their sustainable touring practices called: “THE SLOW MUSIC MOVEMENT”! This is to help promote local farmers, to help reduce the amount of waste used at shows. They want to take the glamour out of the music industry and bring the performance back to what it used to be. Where the musicians themselves can become more cultural via being activists, story tellers, etc. instead of being part of the fast paced industry. One thing Rising Appalachia is doing is setting up meet-and-greet events to help get more people involved along the way during their tour.