Rising Appalachia Announces 2017 Spring Resiliency Tour & Music Video Release

Leah Smith and Chloe Song of Rising Appalachia. Photo Credit: Chad Hess

Rising Appalachia have announced their 2017 Spring Resiliency Tour dates which include stops in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee, along with additional plans to release a new music video for “Rivermouth” on World Water Day (March 22nd). The soulful Folk/World troubadours have had a busy couple years, touring extensively with a number of high-profile performances dates — including the band’s first ever performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater — and a lengthy list of sold out shows.

Over the past decade Rising Appalachia have built a devout fanbase in the folk, roots, world, and jam communities not just with their music, but with their message and involvement in activism and education. Additionally, the band has seen continued development of Rising Appalachia’s self-coined, “Slow Music Movement” — an effort aimed at promoting sustainable touring practices in what is often a very unsustainable industry. Leah Song explains:

“It’s our effort to take the glitz and glam out of the music industry and bring performance back to its roots — that of public service. A service where musicians are not just part of fast-paced entertainment world, but instead influence the cultural shift as troubadours, activists, story tellers, and catalysts of justice.”

The Slow Music Movement has led to a multitude of strong partnerships with an array of community leaders and activist organizations. Of these organizations, Rising Appalachia worked extensively in 2016 with the Permaculture Action Network — hosting a series of Permaculture Action Days in association with a number of the band’s performance dates — with the goal of connecting the audiences with ecological education and tangible social action.

When asked about the meaning behind the name of the upcoming fall tour, Leah elaborated:

“We want our Spring Resiliency Tour to provide a soundscape for this exact moment in history… To make space for gathering in community. To encourage speaking up, singing out, and keeping our focus on local solutions. We want to rally around the need right now for our communities to roll up their sleeves and get to work locally, together and on the ground… Because we are a resilient people in challenging times! And now more than ever we need to be making music.”

Rising Appalachia is also getting ready to release their latest music video “Rivermouth” — a love song to wild rivers and a tribute to Waterkeepers everywhere. The release date is set for March 22, 2017, World Water Day.

“Rivermouth” will be released in partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water. Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement uniting more than 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates around the world, focusing citizen advocacy on issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol and protect nearly 2.5 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Chloe Smith expands on both the song and release partnership:

“Rivermouth is a love song… Both human and elemental. The depths of the human heart and the force of a river are both wild and unchartered at their core, best left alone to swell and stretch and change with the seasons. We have been aligned with the Mississippi River, Gulf, and Kalamath water protectors and recently branched out to form alliances with Waterkeepers around the world, working towards drinkable, fishable, swimmable water everywhere.”

For a complete listing of tour dates visit Rising Appalachia online at: http://www.risingappalachia.com/

For more information on Watrerkeeper Alliance: http://waterkeeper.org/

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