With foot-stomping, hip-swinging sounds that organically unite Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music, Appalatin consists of Kentucky-raised musicians and masterful Latin émigrés from Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Their performances blending traditional guitar, mandolin, upright bass, charango, indigenous Andean flutes, hand percussion, harmonica, and vocal harmonies uplift listeners of all ages.
In May of 2013, the band released its second studio album, Waterside, featuring original music and interpretations of traditional songs from their native regions of Kentucky, Central America, and the Andes. On the new album, Appalatin follows their instincts with a bilingual shift between languages, styles, and vibes. From the seriously Americana-inflected title track "Down by the Waterside" and “Danville Breakdown” to upbeat acoustic Latin “La Linea” to the outright Andean traditional tune “Alpa Mayo” and Fernando Moya’s Quechua contribution, “Ñuka Shungo”, Appalatin’s infectiously danceable tunes spring from the band’s shared love of roots music.
After starting out playing a weekly show at a local coffee shop for free coffee in 2006, the band has since performed at some of the region’s most prestigious stages and venues. Since the release of their first album in 2011, the band has shared the stage with Red Baraat, Sam Bush, Claire Lynch, The Black Lilies, La Santa Cecilia, and Ben Sollee. They have performed at the RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival (IN), CityFolk Festival (OH), Worldfest (KY), Culturefest (WV), and in May of 2013, they had the honor of performing before 10,000+ people in Louisville’s Yum! Center at the Dalai Lama’s public talk. They have also appeared on radio shows such as Michael Jonathon's Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Red Barn Radio, 91.9 FM WFPK’s "Live Lunch", Kentucky Homefront and West Virginia Public Radio’s “Inside Appalachia”. In addition, the track “Alpa Mayo” from their Waterside album has appeared on Public Radio International's “The World”.
In 2014, the band was awarded the Americana Award by the Louisville Music Awards Academy. In addition Appalatin was featured in the Emmy-nominated, PBS-affiliate Kentucky Muse series, now distributed nationwide on public stations.
Beyond the stage, Appalatin strives to bridge music, culture, and food through their involvement in Cornbread and Tortillas—a collective of Appalachian and Latino artists. Their mission—to build community by sharing art, music, dance, and ethnic heritage—is manifested through outreach events, educational shows, workshops, and performances. "We celebrate our similarities and differences to create unity in a diverse world," they state.