Multi-instrumentalist sisters Leah and Chloe Smith sold out their March 30 show at BSP. A second night of their soulful folk music has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 29.
These two sisters grew up in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. In 2005, they recorded their first album, Leah and Chloe, in a friend’s basement studio. The album was initially meant to be a gift for friends and family, but it was received so well that they decided to officially start Rising Appalachia. They started out busking on the streets in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It’s been 11 years since they first started this collective pulse, with music rooted in old traditions they grew up around. “Music is the tool with which we wield political prowess,” says Leah Smith. Their music involves banjos and fiddles, along with drums, kalimbas, beatboxing, djembes, didgeridoos, tablas, and congas. Rising Appalachia is independent from the mainstream music industry—the sisters managed, wrote, and produced their own music from the very beginning. Their intention with music is for it to serve a source of activism and cultural development.