Interview: Rising Appalachia (@ The Hamilton Live — 11/20/19)

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Leah and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia (Photo courtesy of Rising Appalachia)

Rising Appalachia is a self-made success story. Sisters Leah and Chloe Smith — each world travelers for nearly two decades — merge multiple global music influences with their own Southern roots to create a unique world folk sound. The band has built a legion of listeners through relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence.

After self-producing their first six albums, Leah and Chloe opted for the first time to team up with someone outside the band, legendary singer-songwriter/producer Joe Henry, to produce their seventh album, Leylines.

Parklife DC’s Ari Strauss emailed Chloe to ask about the new album and what is in store for the band’s upcoming show at The Hamilton Live on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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Snapshots: EarthGang @ Milkboy Arthouse — 10/17/19


EarthGang performs at Milkboy Arthouse on Oct. 17, 2019. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

EarthGang released Mirrorland, the band’s third studio album, via Dreamville in September. The Southern hip hop duo embarked on a tour and visited Milkboy Arthouse in College Park recently. Chris Castillo was there to shoot the show!

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Live Review: Cat Power @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/25/19

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Cat Power (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Cat Power turned back the clock to start her set at the Lincoln Theatre recently. Twenty-one years ago, she released her album Moon Pix. Two of its mains themes are loneliness and disillusionment. The song “He Turns Down” references Chan Marshall’s feelings of alienation from religion, particularly in the line “I’m not saved he turned me down.”

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Live Review: Meek Mill and Future @ Jiffy Lube Live — 9/17/19

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Meek Mill and Future perform at Jiffy Lube Live, Sept. 17, 2019. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)

“Legends are made, not born.” Enter Meek Mill and Future — two of hip hop’s most powerful artists, crisscrossing the nation on a 20+ stop summer tour, that could only be done justice under the banner of Legendary Nights.

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Snapshots: Zac Brown Band @ Jiffy Lube Live — 8/25/19

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Zac Brown Band performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Aug. 25, 2019. (Photo by Jules McNamara)

On Sept. 20, Zac Brown Band releases The Owl, the band’s sixth studio album. Before that, however, Zac Brown and company have a whole lot of touring to do, and they dropped by Jiffy Lube Live recently to play new songs and old favorites on The Owl Tour. Jules McNamara photographed the show!

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Live Review: Drivin’ N Cryin’ @ City Winery — 8/7/19

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Drivin’ N’ Cryn’ perform at City Winery on Aug. 7, 2019. (Photo by Rik Goldman)

Georgia rockers Drivin’ N Cryin’ invaded City Winery recently, celebrating the release of their new album, Live the Love Beautiful. Their first full album since 2009, Live the Love Beautiful follows a series of four EPs released between 2012 and 2014.

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Live Review: Mastodon @ MECU Pavilion — 6/2/19

Mastodon 1 Mastodon performs at MECU Pavilion on June 2, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Another of my rock n’ roll dreams became a reality yet again. I had the pleasure of finally photographing one of my personal favorite rock bands. The hard-hitting progressive metal machine known as Mastodon stopped at MECU Pavilion in Baltimore recently, and I was there taking photos.

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Snapshots: Sevendust @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/15/19

Sevendust May 2019 14 Sevendust performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 15, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Sevendust returned to the Baltimore-Washington area for the second time in 2019. In an opening slot ahead of In This Moment at The Fillmore Silver Spring, Sevendust continued on their All I See Is War Tour. We got some pictures of the band in performance.

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