Che Apalache

This week we feature a border-breaking bluegrass band who came all the way from Buenos Aires to celebrate their folk album of the year Grammy nomination – and before they hit the red carpet, they stopped by Z’s LA living room studio to talk about their unlikely founding and how they’ve created their intoxicating brew of traditional North American and often overlooked South American stringband sounds – Che Apalache.
Lead by a trilingual world traveller, the fleet-bowed fiddler, spitfire vocalist and sonic scholar Joe Troop – the band formed almost accidentally when Joe began teaching curious local Buenos Aires pickers his own North Carolina folk traditions and amongst his talented students, he found three kindred spirits in Argentinians Franco Martino on guitar and Martin Bobrik on mandolin, and Pau Barjau on banjo originally from Mexico. The result has been one of the most unexpected and have-to-hear-this-to-believe it stories in modern roots music – culminating in their brilliant second record Rearrange My Heart which was produced by fan of the band (and guy pretty good on the banjo) Bela Fleck. Lucky for us, they play several songs during the episode!

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