Harpeth Rising with the Secret Sisters
Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH
8pm show, Buy Tickets
Harpeth Rising will perform at Memorial Hall with the Secret Sisters on Thursday, November 8th at 8 PM. The concert is part of Memorial Hall’s American Roots Series, which features beloved legends and rising stars of the Americana scene. Tickets are $30-45 can can be purchased online at www.memorialhallotr.com. Memorial Hall is located at 1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Fronted by Cincinnati musician Jordana Greenberg, Harpeth Rising has strong ties to Queen City. Jordana is a teaching artist at MYCincinnati, which is a free, El-Sistema inspired youth orchestra in Price Hill, and is also concertmaster of Queen City Opera. Harpeth Rising has been selected as musical ambassadors for the State Department’s cross-cultural exchange program, American Music Abroad. Out of three hundred applicants, fifteen ensembles have been chosen to perform and travel to underserved countries in the world, embarking in a series of concerts and cultural exchange programs.
Chamberfolk: Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world: Indiana University, Oberlin, Eastman School of Music. Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective.
There are two ways of handling a dangerous, raging river: you can surrender and let it carry you away, or you can swim against the flow. For The Secret Sisters, there was a point after the release of their last record when they could have chosen to do neither – instead, sinking to the bottom as the weight of the world washed away their dreams. They went from touring with Bob Dylan to losing their label, purging their team, filing bankruptcy and almost permanently trading harmonies for housecleaning. But there’s a mythical pull to music that kept sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers moving forward, and they came out with a biting and beautiful third LP, produced by Brandi Carlile, You Don’t Own Me Anymore. Their first as New West signees, it’s a document of hardship and redemption, of pushing forward when it would be so much easier to drown in grief. And it’s a story about how passion and pure artistry can be the strongest sort of salvation – how art is left, like perfect grains of sand, when everything else has washed away.
“We are more proud of these songs than we have ever been,” says Laura. “Some of the songs are a little more cryptic, but some of them are very pointed and honest and direct. And we had to let those songs happen. We had to let ourselves be angry again, and bring up things we wanted to forget.”