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Pollinator

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$5
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Thank you so much, pollinators ! Your involvement at this tier is badass and supportive. We will send you lots of fodder for art making and inspiration...... 

Includes:
  • Behind the scenes content - videos and photos from tour life to the recording studio and everything in between
  • First access to content- access to songs & videos prior to release
  • Exclusive content- handwritten lyrics, sheet music, photos/PDFs from sketchbooks & notebooks (and more!) from the band
  • Access to a list of different causes Rising Appalachia works with & supports
  • Access to Rising Appalachia specific polls 
  • Access to fan community board
  • Access to pre-sale tix (when that returns)
  • First access to all merch 
  • 15% off merch code for Rising Appalachia's official online store (exclusions apply) *Herbal Line is excluded in off discounts* 
  • Available to upgrade any time to higher tiers
  • Access to list of causes
  • First access to all merch
  • Upgrade at any time
  • 15% off all merch
  • Access to Rising Appalachia specific polls
  • Behind the scenes content - videos and photos from tour life to the recording studio and everything in between
  • First access to content- access to songs & videos prior to release
  • Exclusive content- handwritten lyrics, sheet music, photos/PDFs from sketchbooks & notebooks (and more!) from the band
  • Access to fan community board
  • Early ticket access

Weaver

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$20
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Weavers.....wow !  Lets dream and scheme together, deep dive into the coffers of Rising Appalachia's interworkings and creative juju !  Thank you for joining at this tier, you beauties. 

Includes:
  • Monthly writing (blog/journal/prose) from band members
  • access to a CATALOGUE of live stream performances, poetry readings & tutorial/workshops (and more!) from band members
  • Access to catalogue of past interviews and podcasts with the band
  • Access to inspiring & relevant news articles & resources curated by the band 
  • 25% off merch code for Rising Appalachia's official online store (exclusions apply) *Herbal Line is excluded in off discounts* 
  • + Everything in Tier 1
  • Monthly writing (blog/journal/prose) from band members
  • Access to a CATALOGUE of live stream performances, poetry readings & tutorial/workshops (and more!) from band members
  • Access to articles & resources
  • Early ticket access
  • First access to all merch
  • Upgrade at any time
  • Access to list of causes
  • Access to Rising Appalachia specific polls
  • Behind the scenes content - videos and photos from tour life to the recording studio and everything in between
  • First access to content- access to songs & videos prior to release
  • Exclusive content- handwritten lyrics, sheet music, photos/PDFs from sketchbooks & notebooks (and more!) from the band
  • Access to fan community board
  • 25% off all merch

Builder

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$50
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Builders unite ! Lets do some foundation setting and really get to the meat of what we are working on in this creative circus that is Rising Appalachia.  You are our pillars.  Immense gratitude.....

Includes:
  • Yearly piece of art from Leah or Chloe (signed by Leah & Chloe)
  • Access to weekly live stream performances, poetry readings and tutorial/workshops from the band
  • Access to monthly digital Meet and Greets with the band members
  • Access to PURCHASE 1 on 1 classes from band members (send us a message for more details) 
  • 50% off merch code for Rising Appalachia's official online store (exclusions apply) *Herbal Line is excluded in off discounts* 
  • + Everything in Tiers 1 & 2
  • Yearly Art Piece from Leah or Chloe
  • Access to weekly live streams (every Friday)
  • Access to monthly digital meet and greet
  • Access to PURCHASE 1 on 1 classes from band members (message us for details)
  • Monthly writing (blog/journal/prose) from band members
  • Access to articles & resources
  • Access to a CATALOGUE of live stream performances, poetry readings & tutorial/workshops (and more!) from band members
  • 50% off all merch
  • Access to Rising Appalachia specific polls
  • Behind the scenes content - videos and photos from tour life to the recording studio and everything in between
  • First access to content- access to songs & videos prior to release
  • Exclusive content- handwritten lyrics, sheet music, photos/PDFs from sketchbooks & notebooks (and more!) from the band
  • Access to fan community board
  • Access to list of causes
  • Upgrade at any time
  • First access to all merch
  • Early ticket access

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About Rising Appalachia

As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently --a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country.

Founded by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, the band established an international fan base due to relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence. “As far as recording goes, we’re open creatively, but we’ve often preferred elements of live recording. I mean, we’re folk musicians at our core,” Leah explains.

“Our songwriting ties into those traditions as well,” Chloe says. “With some of our original songs, it’s a reflection of the times. We’re folk singers and we consider this a folk album, so there’s a lot in there. There’s word of politics, of being women in the music industry, as well as a lot about our lives on the road.”

Leah and Chloe grew up in urban Atlanta as the city’s hip-hop scene began to flourish. They absorbed those rhythms through the music they heard at school, then traveled with their family to fiddle camps all across the Southeast on the weekends. The young girls weren’t all that interested in the old-time playing, but their parents were incredibly devout in their study and practice of Appalachian music.

After high school, Leah decided to postpone college and travel internationally. Feeling homesick while living in Southern Mexico, she looked for a connection to her past and taught herself how to play banjo. “I realized that I wanted something from home that I could share, something that would tell people a bit more of the story of where I came from, other than the news,” she recalls.

A few years later, when Chloe came to visit her abroad, Leah offered some claw hammer banjo lessons. They didn’t necessarily realize it at the time, but a musical partnership had been established. Upon their return to the United States, they recorded an album, which they considered an art project, to sell whenever they sang at farmer’s markets. They printed 500 copies, figuring that would last them a lifetime. However, when a local college professor heard them singing at a Christmas party, he booked them as part of a Celtic holiday concert in Atlanta. After two performances, every CD had been sold.

Surprised and overwhelmed, they mulled over a career as full-time musicians, then realized that performing could be just one component of a greater overall vision –one that includes advocating for social justice, racial justice, environmental justice, and Indigenous rights.

“We’re able to filter in so many of our passions into this project,” Chloe says. “We do a lot of activism work. We do a lot of outreach. Leah is a visual artist and she can funnel her visual eye into the project. I love to write, so that comes in. There’s a big container and canvas for our life’s work here. Music is part of it, but there are a lot of other creative vehicles that are driving Rising Appalachia.”

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