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Rearrange My Heart

by Che Apalache

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Since their 2017 debut, Che Apalache have taken audiences by storm with their fusion of Latin and American roots music. With their stirring new record Rearrange My Heart, the band takes their global sonic sensibilities to the task of exploring social issues ranging from immigration to religious fundamentalism and beyond. Produced by legendary banjoist and multiple GRAMMY-award winning producer Béla Fleck, Rearrange My Heart uses vivid lyrical storytelling to subtly and subversively challenge hateful narratives and offer a unique perspective on the global effect of American politics. Che Apalache is led by fiddler and vocalist Joe Troop—a North Carolina native who grew up on bluegrass and old-time—and features three powerhouse Latin American musicians – two from Argentina, Franco Martino (guitar), Martín Bobrik (mandolin), and Pau Barjau (banjo) from Mexico. Rearrange My Heart is an impressively cohesive 12-track record for the many influences it melds: Uruguayan murga, candombe, flamenco, mountain gospel, Spanish Sephardic Jewish music, and straight-up, hard-driving bluegrass, to name just some. With top-notch playing, wonderfully executed Stanley Brothers-style harmonies, and powerful lead vocals from Troop throughout, Rearrange My Heart is a vision of a truly “American” music, both in sound and stories; listening to Che Apalache lay this trailblazing groundwork is exciting, moving, and full of joyous surprises.


released August 9, 2019

Produced by Béla Fleck
Engineered by Richard Battaglia
Mastered by Richard Dodd
Album design and layout by Angeles Bobrik
Photos by Mauro Milanich and Andrés Corbo

Joe Troop - lead vocals, fiddle
Martín Bobrik - backing vocals, mandolin
Pau Barjau - backing vocals, banjo
Franco Martino - backing vocals, guitar

All songs written by Joseph Smith Troop (Joe Troop Music, ASCAP), except:

"Saludo murguero" - Music and lyrics by Joseph Smith Troop (Joe Troop Music, ASCAP), Martin Bobrik, Pau Barjau, Franco Martino

"春の便り (The Coming of Spring)" - Music by Joseph Smith Troop (Joe Troop Music, ASCAP), Martin Bobrik, Pau Barjau, Franco Martino. Lyrics by Joseph Smith Troop (Joe Troop Music, ASCAP)

"La milonga del cuis empedernido" (digital download bonus track) - Music by Joseph Smith Troop (Joe Troop Music, ASCAP). Lyrics by Joseph Smith Troop (Joe Troop Music, ASCAP), Martin Bobrik, Pau Barjau, Franco Martino.


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Che Apalache Buenos Aires, Argentina

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. They've been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and have performed at the Kennedy Center.


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