Taking influence from artists like Leonard Cohen and Esperanza Spalding, the classically trained trio of Jordana Greenberg, Maria Di Meglio and Michelle Younger artistically fuse baroque with folk on their most recent album Against All Tides. The classical roots of Harpeth Rising are wrapped in an overwhelming sense of folk and intricate harmonies to create a complex and striking arrangement.
Each member of Harpeth Rising is classically trained and brings an individual trait to the core sound because of their vastly different upbringings in differing US States. They build from the bottom of the deep cello and finish with a collection of shimmering well rounded songs that unapologetically bends between genres.
The album was recorded between May 2016 and February 2017 in the eye of the political storm that was taking hold of America. Against All Tides is therefore unsurprisingly heavily influenced by the atmosphere of social unrest that surrounded them. Many of the songs are protests and direct indictments of the political system while others take inspiration from personal suffering and hardships. Two of the songs The Highwayman and I Did Not Make the World were written by David Greenberg, Jordana’s father. David’s songs have appeared on each of Harpeth Risings albums and Jordana – the primary songwriter for the band – states how her father “continues to be a source of inspiration” to her and her music.
Over the past 5 years Harpeth Rising have recorded 5 albums, toured 9 different countries on 3 continents and performed more than 600 gigs, so keep track of the busy trio by following their social media pages.