Evie Ladin is a natural entertainer with a gift for infusing folk practices with contemporary verve.
—San Francisco Chronicle
Evie Ladin Band
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Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm.
—MUSIC CITY ROOTS, Nashville
This compelling record and her amazing band lineup should finally earn Evie Ladin the reputation she deserves in the folk music world…she has outdone herself this time. —FIDDLEFREAK
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.
You don’t often hear words like “traditional,” and “authentic” paired with “innovative” and “unique,” but Evie Ladin has brought them together brilliantly in the self-titled, debut album of the Evie Ladin Band, and the result is truly a high point in new old-time music. —FOLKWORKS
Deliciously quirky…imagine a mash-up of Michelle Shocked and Emmy Lou Harris! —NEW TIMES
You can feel the joy that rises up from the playing of the Evie Ladin Band. The musical structure is old time but the music is as fresh as laundry on the line.
Album opener “Got You on My Mind” smolders with gnarly intensity and is an album highlight. It’s also the perfect introduction to Ladin’s voice: sultry, wistful and defiant all at once. Ladin possesses a keen songwriting sense and a stable of strong musicians to back her up. —POP MATTERS
Compelling vocals…an impressive effort —COUNTRY STANDARD TIME
She’s got a voice that draws you in, a groove on the banjo that won’t quit.
She can write, and she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with just enough wit – a sharp intelligence.
–Grant Alden, NO DEPRESSION
This is no throwback and this is no desecration. It’s contemporary down home music at the top of its game. There’s been a lot of entries in this genre lately, and many have had a lot on the ball, but this one simply hits it out of the park.
Elegantly tearing it up on the banjo, she puts the whole of her emotional self into her playing and singing…Engagingly vibrant and energetic, through tales of love lost and won, times squandered and treasured and backwoods observations that tantalize the heart and put a sway in head, shoulders, hips and feet. For every song that’s sparse and reflective, there’s a stomper that would fill the floor anywhere from Cajun country to Celtic country. It’s as blissful as, well, floating downstream. Jump in.
—WORLD MUSIC CENTRAL
Being an expert banjo player is just one of many talents Evie brought to the evening..her quick-fire wit and her amazing Buckdancing had us all breathless. –CONCERT REVIEW, Peebles, Scotland
Clogger Evie Ladin set the house afire. –DANCE MAGAZINE
I don’t know who’s better, your wife or Sammy Davis, Jr. –NEIGHBOR CHARLES