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3×3: Rising Appalachia on Latin America, Lucky Ages, and Leonard Cohen

Oct 10, 2017

Artist: Rising Appalachia
Hometown: Atlanta, GA. The dirty South.
Latest Album: ALIVE
Personal Nicknames (or Rejected Band Names): The band considered the Grassy RootHeads, Squalor, RISE, but Rising Appalachia was the name of our first album and it stuck as the band name 12 years ago.
Leah: L-Dogg, Snake Eyes, Leo, Leah the Lip, Sito, Wakes Talking, chief meteorologist
Chloe: Chlo-Bo, Bo, Boskers, Trisket Biscuit, The Dark Queen, Sito, Pumkin, Pum Pum

 

Take me to your ocean. Take me to your sea… #FloydFest #risingappalachia #ilovemyfilthydirtysouth Photo @leahsongmusic

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What song do you wish you had written?

Leah: “When Doves Cry” by Prince.

Chloe: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen (Doesn’t everyone wish they wrote that damn song?!)

Who would be in your dream songwriter round?

Leah: Gillian Welch, Outkast, Bob Dylan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ani Difranco, Robert Johnson, the Buena Vista Social Club, Lila Downs, Bonnie Rait, Prince.

Chloe: Ani Difranco, Hosier. Nahko. Mos Def. Erykah Badu. Bob Marley. Joni Mitchell.

If you could only listen to one artist’s discography for the rest of your life, whose would you choose?

Leah: Bruce Molsky. Makes me feel home.

Chloe: Ohhhhhhh. That’s a hard one! Probably Bob Marley.

 

As one of our elders put it last night, We want to put the U.S in a chair in the middle of the room Surrounded by healers, activists, grandmothers, lovers, and children And tell it how good it could be. How it could rise to the occasion of its full potential in the face of white supremacy, the dismantling of Standing Rock, of distasteful leaders and embarrassing media, of capitalism over culture. All these hard working people from all corners of the globe. This land and all its beauty. We have so much more work to do And I know folks are tired. What else is there to do but show up again and again and again and again ? In solidarity with the people of Charlottesville and all others whom work to uplift the story of the south (and this country) May love triumph. . . . #notmysouth #blacklivesmatter #notoursouth #standup #speakout #showup #solidarity #alternateroots

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How often do you do laundry?

Leah: What a weird question. Um , whenever the duty is called for. Depends on the show night.

Chloe: All the time. Randomly on the road and we string it all up to dry in the back of the bus, which gets pretty intimate and funny.

What was the last movie that you really loved?

Leah: I almost NEVER watch movies. But I watched an amazing South American film on the plane the other day called Vengo Olviendo that was a beautifully filmed, slow and delicate story about the complexity of human migration. It was excellent.

Chloe: I loved the movie LION that just came out about the boy who got lost in India and found his way back home via Google Maps. Crazy wild true story. Reminded me that technology can be a good thing (I can get a little anti).

If you could re-live one year of your life, which would it be and why?

Leah: Hmmm, I would probably go back to my early 20s, when I was traveling out of a backpack across Latin America learning to play banjo and studying folk music from all over the place. It was such a free and inspired time in my life. Not nearly as weighted as this whole “professional musician” thing. 

Chloe: Year 7. Lucky number, lucky age, the mind is so open and spongey at that time. I’d go hang with my grandparents some more and pick their brains … especially my father’s mother who was a poet.

What’s your go-to comfort food?

Chloe: Thai food all day every day.

Kombucha — love it or hate it?

Leah and Chloe: LOVE ! Although once we got sponsored by a kombucha company and things got a little too fermenty in the van. It has to be handled in the right dosages.

Mustard or mayo?

Dijon

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