RAPP music...It's what happens when Appalachian gospel and Carter Family country run into modern folk and get spun around by a clear-eyed, self-deprecating troubadour who knows life's challenges exceed his own mortal means.
Eric and Polly Rapp have been making music together since 1997, when they met in a church choir. Eric didn't even attend the church at the time, but a fellow apartment-dweller suggested he join the choir, he chose the seat next to where Polly always sat, and the rest, as they say, is history.
To the partnership Eric brought fine flatpicking, an affinity for old-time country and bluegrass, and a knack for songwriting--influenced by artists as diverse as the Beatles, Norman Blake, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Nirvana, Tom Russell, Paul Simon, Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Smith, and Gillian Welch. Polly's contributions included years of choral experience as well as solo voice training, an interest in a variety of folk instruments, and a passion for performing. Her influences are mostly in the folk and rock veins.
A honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains clinched their now-signature sound, when they got their hands on their first mountain dulcimer. Since then they have established a varied repertoire featuring old-time country, country gospel, and folk tunes as well as a growing collection of original songs--wryly humorous or thoughtful takes on life, love, work, and faith.