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Bluegrass Today: Bluegrass Beyond Borders – Che Apalache from south of the Border

(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.

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North Carolina Public Radio: “‘Che Apalache’ Strums Bluegrass From Buenos Aires”

(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.
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Club del Disco

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.

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Across the Blue Ridge: “Bluegrass and Old Time Music From a Latin Perspective”

(by Paul Brown)

This week we feature exciting bluegrass and old time music from a Latin perspective, along with our usual classics from senior and contemporary artists. Hear Che Apalache, a youthful band of four hailing from the US, Argentina and Mexico. Their fusion of styles and traditions works beautifully to showcase the core characteristics of most traditional music around the world: a good accessible melody; strong and driving rhythm, and ongoing drone notes giving the music a sense of continuity. Led by Joe Troop, originally from North Carolina, Che Apalache made a brief southeast U.S. tour and a big hit among roots music fans this past summer. Of course, this week’s show also contains a collection of songs and tunes in classic old time, bluegrass and blues styles – from The Blue Sky Boys; Tom, Brad & Alice; Brandon Lee Adams and Jason Cade.
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(Por Santiago Marini)

Por lo que conoce de armonía e instrumentaciones, Joe Troop podría vivir una vida cómoda en su Carolina del Norte natal, tocando bluegrass en clubes de bluegrass y rodeado de un paisaje que uno imagina, culpa de las películas, de un verde inmaculado. Y además, por cómo toca el violín, Joe Troop podría vivir en cualquier parte del mundo; podría dar clases en, qué se yo, la costa amalfitana, y tocar en bares que no sean de bluegrass con la piel bronceada. La gente así tiene en las manos y en la cabeza un conocimiento invaluable: una vez que alcanzás un cierto nivel de maestría, tus instrumentos son las llaves de tu casa en cualquier parte. Perdón si me emociono, pero creo que es una de los argumentos más fuertes a favor de ser músico, que puedas irte a donde quieras y caer más o menos parado, si sos bueno, al abrigo pobre de ese idioma universal.

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