on Sunset Road
Friday, July 6, 2012
5 pm (edt)
Evie Ladin, singer, banjoist, square dance caller and more, will stop by Sunset Road on Friday, July 6, for a visit with host Pete Marshall. Joining her will be WTJU's own Sabra Guzman (Old Sledge, Clear Blue Sky). Evie and Sabra will perform later that same evening at the Magnolia House in Charlottesville, where there will also be a square dance.
The polyrhythmic heat and funk of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance - have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Known as a driving force behind San Francisco's Stairwell Sisters, Evie's solo debut Float Downstream (2010) was produced by Mike Marshall and Keith Terry. No Depression reports "She can write, and she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with just enough wit - a sharp intelligence." Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours solo, as a duet with Keith Terry or with her expansive stringband, with a new CD titled "Evie Ladin Band."
The Evie Ladin Band, with Keith Terry (bass, Body Music, percussion), Dina Maccabee (fiddle) and Erik Pearson (guitar), are remarkably talented and quirky interpreters of new and old music. They tease out gorgeous beds of original trad music that support Evie's ripe, catchy stories, and deep interpretations of old songs, they add rhythm dance into the track, they put on a fantastic show. In live performance, Evie is a demonstrative, delightfully gorgeous storm.
Evie has been touring for 20 years, playing major festivals and concert venues internationally, and is hailed as a fantastic performer and teacher of traditional and original old-time influenced acoustic music. She can give a lecture on the roots of American percussive dance, and call rowdy square dances while the band plays.
Solid song craft performed wonderfully end to end...Very strongly recommended. --Sing Out! Magazine
Her rich and smoky voice resembles Natalie Merchant’s, and her songs are as fetching as Nancy Griffith’s…they’re all catchy, with mature lyrics and skilled phrasing.