Rising Appalachia's 2019
We spoke to Americana duo Rising Appalachia back in the summer as part of our Women in Country & Americana series, so we wanted to catch up with one half of the team, Chloe Smith, to see how their 2019 went.
Hey Chloe, 2019 then... what’s been the most exciting thing you’ve done this year?
We have taken a six-piece band and three staff members on tour with us for the release of our new album Leylines this fall. It's our biggest group to date, which is logistically exciting, as well as creatively a rather realized dream many years in the making. Our circles have widened, and our music has grown to host two new instrumentalists who specialize in Irish fiddle, funk, and traditional ngoni music from Burkina Faso.
What’s been your biggest challenge of 2019?
Balancing life, love, and the hustle.
Where’s the coolest place you’ve played music in 2019?
We played at a small festival in Patagonia at a family-owned labyrinth early this spring. A Labyrinth!!! It took them 25 years to grow it and sculpt it and it stood a good five feet over our heads. You could wander in and around like some sort of secret garden, all the while being surrounded by the Andes. It was one of the most beautiful places we have ever played, and the hosts were incredibly warm, peaceful, and hospitable.
What’s the one album you’ve loved most in 2019?
Our drummer released his first album this year with our ngoni player Arouna Diarra. It's called Bamanaya Sira. Honestly, it's one of the best albums of the year... and I'm not just saying that because they are our family and cohorts. Its an incredible weaving of traditional music from Burkina Faso as well as original compositions .... perfectly nudged on that fine line of upholding tradition while moving it to new soundscapes. Simply beautiful music.
What’s been the song that’s most soundtracked your 2019?
'Soul Rebel'. Bob Marley.
What have you hated about 2019?
All the talking heads yelling at one another on every new channel. It's distasteful and embarrassing.
What are you most excited about for in 2020?
Global recognition that kindness is a virtue. Also, some deep time in the woods this winter making art with our family off the grid and playing songs off Leylines by the fireplace.
To find out more about Rising Appalachia check out their website or their social media.