BY DAVID MENCONI
Mid-day Saturday, if you stood in just the right spot on the Raleigh Convention Center staircase, a landscape of 10 different picking circles were visible across the lobby. About that many were out of sight, but could be heard. The hum of it all continued long into the night.
By Justin Hiltner
As a column, Shout & Shine tends to hinge on unpacking, refuting, and/or subverting expectations about who does and doesn’t “own” American roots music and its constituent genres. So it’s interesting that, in a conversation with Joe Troop, frontman of Argentina-based, bluegrass-flavored, Latin-infused string band Che Apalache, not only would we come up against those sorts of expectations — and how the band refuses to fit any molds set forth by them — but also in certain cases, we realize they fit quite tidily into the norm, the tradition, and the heritage of the music. Despite however far or wide a band may stray from what we may automatically suppose these genres ought to look like, feel like, and sound, roots music will almost always demonstrate that we are more connected and more similar than we’ve been led to believe.
BY SANDY HAUSMAN
(Heard on All Things Considered)
Che Apalache is a band made up of one North American and three Argentinians. They play bluegrass and have been a big hit with Anglo audiences and Latinx listeners as they tour the rural U.S.
Word association time: Bluegrass. What comes to mind?
Some might think banjos or fiddles. Others might think about songs of love (“Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arm”) or love lost (“Blue Moon of Kentucky”).
(By Lee Zimmerman)
At first it seems like an unlikely combination at best — a bluegrass band that sings in Spanish and adds elements of Latin music to their material. Nevertheless, Che Apalache, a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires that includes players from Argentina, Mexico, and the United States, does just that. Led by fiddler Joe Troop, a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from North Carolinia who relocated to Argentina in 2010, he met his future compatriots — Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar), and Martin Bobrik (mandolin) — while teaching music for a living, and ended up forming the band.
(By Anita Rao and Frank Stasio)
The word ‘che’ is ubiquitous on the streets of Argentina. It is a term of endearment that people use often in casual conversation – similar to a word like buddy in American slang. So when North Carolina native Joe Troop decided to form a band in Buenos Aires with a group of his students, he found it fitting to characterize themselves using the term ‘che.’ The band Che Apalache is comprised of four musicians from three countries who fuse Appalachian folk with Latin American music.
Algo totalmente diferente nos trae ahora Joe Troop. Este músico trotamundos, originario de Carolina del Norte pero afincado hace años en Buenos Aires, formó a los otros tres miembros de Che Apalache, juntos crearon este interesante primer disco, donde el bluegrass se fundo con ritmos de todo el continente.
(By Lisa O’Donnell Winston-Salem Journal)
Under a tent at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax last week, the members of Che Apalache leaned in and began singing a capella in four-part harmony, their voices weaving together like fiber on a rope.
(By Sandy Hausman)
The presidential election of 2016 left many Americans wondering if there was any way to bridge some deep cultural divides in this country. How could Mexican Americans, for example, find common ground with coal miners from Appalachia?
El grupo de música Che Apalache, durante el último mes, realizó una gira por todo Carolina del Norte y Virginia, presentándose en festivales y todo tipo de lugares.
Cuando el cuarteto originario de Argentina escuchó acerca de Juana Tobar y Minerva Cisneros que se resguardan en una iglesia para evitar la deportación, los músicos decidieron hacer algo por ellas.