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JPR Live Session: Sarah Siskind - Friday, August 14th at Noon

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Brian Boskind

On her new album, Modern Appalachia, Siskind investigates a more multifaceted relationship with not only the region where she grew up, but with herself. As each song digs a little deeper into Sarah’s questions, fears and realizations, the full story reveals that the rawness, earthiness, and spiritual depth of North Carolina has inevitably clothed Siskind.

With Modern Appalachia, Siskind explores her identity outside of the career that she built in Nashville over the past decades. “I moved back to my home state of North Carolina about four and a half years ago,” she explains. “What started as a move to live a simpler life and raise my family among the mountains, soon became a full-blown discovery of self beyond being a musician, but a woman, a mother, and a human.” This branching out in identity ultimately brought Siskind back to center, where she is taking a new look at her native land and admitting how much it has informed her.

Not only has Siskind created an album that takes a magnified look at herself and the place that made her, but she also hopes that the inherent dichotomy of the phrase “Modern Appalachia” will inspire conversation. What does Appalachia mean in current times to those living there, and what does it mean to those living elsewhere? Is it not just a word in a history book, but a living, breathing, and ever-evolving way of life? But, as far as the question “What does Modern Appalachia sound like?,” this rooted but wild 12-song journey may be your answer.

Listen Friday, August 14th at Noon for a JPR Live Session with Sarah Siskind on JPR's Rhythm & News Service. To listen online, click the orange 'Play' button at the top of the page.