Rising Appalachia Announces New Album & Tour

By Scott Bernstein Feb 11, 2015 9:30 am PST

Most touring acts traverse the country by van or bus and in some instances by plane, but it’s rare to see a band travel by rail. Yet that’s exactly what the soulful sisters of Rising Appalachia and their band plan to do this spring during the just-announced Wider Circles Rail Tour.

Rising Appalachia will travel by Amtrak train throughout the Southwest starting on March 28 in New Orleans and moving through New Mexico, Arizona and Texas in support of a new album, Wider Circles, which is due on April 21. The band has also announced a number of Northeast dates in May including stops in New York, Portland, Northampton and Philadelphia.

Singer-songwriters Leah Song and Chloe Smith mix their many influences to create the 15 tracks on Wider Circles. Leah and Chloe are joined by full-time band members Biko Casini (world percussion) and David Brown (stand-up bass / baritone guitar) on the new LP, which was inspired by folk standards and traditional hyms, old mountain odes and activist anthems. “The album is a deep reflection of the many influences and experiences we have intimately lived and have built our songs on,“ explained Leah in a press release. “Wider Circles is a subtle and powerful folk anthem.”

Rising Appalachia Wider Circles Rail Tour

3/28 -New Orleans, LA -Civic Theater (with Resonant Rouges)
4/2 -Taos, NM -Taos Mesa Brewing
4/3 -Santa Fe, NM -Skylight Santa Fe
4/4 -Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
4/6 -Flagstaff, AZ -The Green Room
4/8 – 4/9 -Eden, AZ – Return To Eden
4/10 -Phoenix, AZ -Crescent City Ballroom
4/11 -Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
4/18 -Austin, TX -Old Settler’s Music Festival
5/8 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
5/10 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
5/11 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
5/14 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
5/15 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
5/16 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
5/22 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
5/23 – Monterey County, CA – Lightning In A Bottle Festival

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