Passing it on
"Into the Woods" series, 44: The Speech of Animals

Tunes for a Monday Morning

Rising Appalachia

This week, music from Rising Appalachia, as I'm sure I'm not the only one in the Mythic Arts community who loves their music...

Rising Appalachia is an American "newgrass" band headed by two sisters, multi-instrumentalists Choe Smith and Leah Smith (a.k.a. Leah Song), from Georgia. Their music mixes Southern roots music with original songs, played on a wide variety instruments. They've released five standard albums and two digital albums since 2005.

Above, the video for "Swoon" from their 2010 album The Sails of Self.

Below: The video for "SuNu," from the same album. The Smith sisters divide their time between the southern Appalachian region (with its deep folk music tradition) and Louisiana (with its vibrant Creole culture), and this song contains influences from both places.

Rising Appalachia photograph by Melisa Cardona


A non-traditional version of the traditional Southern gospel song "I'll Fly Away." You'll find it on two of their albums: The Sails of Self (2010) and Filthy Dirty South (2012).

And last:

"Across the Blue Ridge Mountains," an Appalachian folk song that I particularly love as I have ancestral roots in those mountains. (My biological-father's people have lived there for many, many generations.) This song, too,  is on The Sails of Self.