Reviews

Evie Ladin is a natural entertainer with a gift for infusing folk practices with contemporary verve.
San Francisco Chronicle

Evie Ladin Band

ELB Debuted at #12 on the FOLKDJ Chart!


ELB WON the Fan Vote for AMERICANA ALBUM OF THE YEAR by the Independent Music Awards!


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.
OLD-TIME HERALD


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.
ALTERNATE ROUTE


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 effortCOUNTRY STANDARD TIME


Float Downstream

She’s got a voice that draws you in, a groove on the banjo that won’t quit.
MIKE MARSHALL


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.
MIDWEST RECORDS


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


Photo: Dave Crosby via Flickr / Creative Commons

Past venues include:

A Prairie Home Companion - Live from San Francisco Opera House
Lincoln Center - New York, NY
Celtic Connections - Glasgow, Scotland
Woodford Folk Festival - Australia
Bali Arts Festival - Indonesia
Nardis Jazz Club - Istanbul, Turkey
Green Note - London, England
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - SF, CA
SFJAZZ - SF, CA
Rockygrass - Lyons, CO
Wintergrass - Seattle, WA
Swallow Hill - Denver, CO
Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA
Old Town School - Chicago, IL
Iron Horse - Northampton, MA
Wheatland Music Festival - Remus, MI
Hiawatha Music Festival - Marquette, MI
Appalachian Stringband Festival - Clifftop, WV
The Flynn Theater - Burlington, VT
Champlaign Valley Fest - Burlington, VT
Arlene Schnitzer Theater - Portland, OR
Portland Old-Time Music Gathering, OR
Strawberry Music Festival - Sonora, CA
Live Oak Festival - Santa Barbara, CA
The Skirball Center - Los Angeles, CA
The Getty Center - Los Angeles, CA
Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest - LA, CA
Yerba Buena Gardens - San Francisco, CA
for the Governor of Enugu State, Nigeria
...and many more...