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Rising Appalachia

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Rising Appalachia

I have written before about sibling singers whose voices fit almost magically together. Sister singer/songwriters Leah and Chloe Smith have that magical connection, but there’s something more. Their harmonies extend beyond just the ones we can hear. The pair call themselves free folk, and listening to their music, it’s clearly the right label for them.

Rising Appalachia’s music uses banjos, fiddles, stand up bass, acoustic guitar, and percussion instruments from around the world. Their music, while based in American folk, shows traces of global music as well. Free folk indeed!

In 2005, Leah and Chloe recorded a quickie album in the basement studio of a friend in Atlanta. The album was intended to be a gift for family and friends, but the recording started to get attention, so they formed a band. Their early years were spent busking around the south, mostly in New Orleans where the duo eventually settled, helping with the post-Katrina rebuilding efforts and making music when they could.

You can hear all of Rising Appalachia’s moving music on their website and on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

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12 thoughts on “Rising Appalachia

  1. It is true, there is nothing like sister harmonies! I love their sound!

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  2. There should be another click besides ‘like’. They do have great voice blending …rather soulful sound.

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  3. Liked it so much I bought the album. If the others they have are similar I’m sure it won’t be my last. Thank you!

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  4. Annually NOLA has a “Blues Fest” in a city park not too far off from French Quarter. Three times I made a special trip to hear the music there. They sure do belong there and I hope they do make it one day. Love the sound. I had a friend who has retired but he would have loved to be their agent and see how far he could take them. — https://www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest/ Fifteen years ago the 750 mile trip over to there would have been an easy day drive. Today, 400 miles is a long distance. — I can only suggest you travel and see all there is to see in this USA while you can. Hal

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  5. I listen to a lot of traditional folk music and contemporary folk that taps into those tradition roots so I liked their music a lot. I agree about their harmonies being perfect. I also really liked the slight smokiness to their voices and the slight graunchiness to their harmonies on some tracks.

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  6. I love me some Rising Appalachia– they are wonderful!

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