Rising Appalachia Sings Out for Clean Water with “Rivermouth”

On March 22, World Water Day, folk/world troubadours, Rising Appalachia, released their new music video “Rivermouth” in partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance – the largest and fastest growing non-profit solely focused on clean water – and Eco Watch (a large Environmental Action media network).

Band member, Chloe Smith, expands on both the song and release partnership, “Rivermouth is a love song… Both human and elemental. The depths of the human heart and the force of a river are both wild and unchartered at their core, best left alone to swell and stretch and change with the seasons. We have been aligned with the Mississippi River, Gulf, and Kalamath water protectors and recently branched out to form alliances with Waterkeepers around the world, working towards drinkable, fishable, swimmable water everywhere.”

Over the past decade Rising Appalachia have built a devout fanbase in the folk, roots, world, and jam communities not just with their music, but with their message and involvement in activism and education. Additionally, the band has seen continued development of Rising Appalachia’s self-coined, Slow Music Movement” — an effort aimed at promoting sustainable touring practices in what is often a very unsustainable industry. Leah Song explains, “It’s our effort to take the glitz and glam out of the music industry and bring performance back to its roots — that of public service. A service where musicians are not just part of fast-paced entertainment world, but instead influence the cultural shift as troubadours, activists, story tellers, and catalysts of justice.”

Rising Appalachia will be performing on the Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on March 29. You can learn more about them on their website www.risingappalachia.com and view “Rivermouth” on Youtube.

Molly Wilson is an editorial intern at St. Augustine Social. She is a Tallahassee, Florida native who came to St. Augustine in 2014 to attend Flagler College for her undergraduate. Molly is an English and Philosophy/Religion major who spends her very limited free time reading on the beach and baking.