Appalatin fuses foot-stomping Appalachian folk with high-energy Latin rhythms to create a genre-bending sound that is sure to make you dance. Comprised of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, Appalatin reflects the unexpected intersection they represent. The quintet’s eclectic songs incorporate instruments from both Appalachia and Latin America, including guitar, mandolin, upright bass, charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica and dynamic vocal harmonies. The result is a seamless amalgamation of joyous folk music. Appalatin performs a combination of original songs and interpretations of traditional songs, integrating bilingual shifts in language and style throughout their catalog to create authentically global music that is bound to touch the heart of audience members of all backgrounds.
In 2014, Appalatin was awarded the Americana Award by the Louisville Music Awards Academy and was featured in the Emmy-nominated, PBS-affiliate documentary series "Kentucky Muse." They have delighted audiences across the nation with memorable performances at the RiverRoots Music Festival in Madison, Ind., Ohio’s CityFolk Festival in Dayton, the Dalai Lama’s 2013 Public Talk in Louisville, Ky (for a crowd of 10,000+ people!), Levitt AMP Middlesboro (2015) and later this year at Levitt AMP Berea (9/7). To date, Appalatin has shared the stage with acclaimed acts like Red Baraat, Sam Bush, and Claire Lynch and has been featured on-air during Jonathon's Woodsong's "Old-Time Radio Hour," Red Barn Radio and West Virginia Public Radio’s “Inside Appalachia.”