You better watch out. Sisters Leah and Chloe Smith have turned music into a weapon. Under the moniker Rising Appalachia, they are tearing across the country and around the globe in a bio-fueled bus, schooling everyone they meet in the ways of progressive mountain music.
Check out this clip:
Notice how their Appalachian core is clear from the start. Then the Smith sisters and their friends layer in African rhythms, performance art, tribal adornment, and lyrics in a language that I can't quite name. It all comes together to make this swooning mountain worldbeat hybrid, a truly original mash-up.
Let it be known, that their inclusive sensibility doesn't end with music. These women have a broader social mission. They teach it in schools, share it in workshops, and name it on their Website:
“Rising Appalachia is a genre-bending force of sound that uses vocal harmony, lyrical prowess and diverse artistic collaborations to defy cultural clichés and ignite a musical revolution..."
Make no mistake about it, homogeny is the enemy, and we should all be warned; Rising Appalachia isn't taking prisoners.