Caught On A Wire

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Evie Ladin Announces New Album, Caught On A Wire
Album explores the beauty and paradoxes of life with stylistic integrity

Steeped in the Appalachian arts, banjo phenom, dancer, and singer-songwriter Evie Ladin is pleased to announce her fourth full-length album, Caught On A Wire. Produced by the Evie Ladin Band, the polyrhythmic heat of Ladin’s clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, and real stories are on full display, in conversation with the inspired instrumentation of bandmates Keith Terry on bass and percussion, and guitarist Erik Pearson.

A full-time creative in every capacity, Ladin mines decades of touring and performing to illuminate a heartbreakingly honest take on the human experience through original songs on Caught On A Wire. With a rare combination of both breadth and depth, employing stylistic integrity in a myriad of genres, her Evie Ladin Band explores beauty and disappointment, the highs and the lows, and the paradox of feeling both simultaneously.

With her new record, Ladin channels her love of tradition, creation, and performance along with frustrations, digging deep into the painful contradictions of the everyday. On the track “Almost Everywhere”, she calls out the homogeneous, corporate nature of American pop culture, even beyond the music scene. “New York to New Orleans / Every point in between / San Francisco, Baltimore / I’ve been almost everywhere /Everywhere ain’t worth it anymore / if it all comes from the same store.”

On the lullaby-esque “California, I Cry”, she sings about the incongruities of the state she now calls home, the difficulties and expense, held up against it’s beauty and creativity. “The song came to me while sitting in traffic on the Bay Bridge,” says Ladin. “There I was stuck in a jam of cars, and yet all around me is this amazing natural beauty.” The floaty electric guitar and vocals sing with nostalgia and California sunsets while the rhythmic acoustic strum brings a touch of Woody Guthrie to the otherwise indie sounding song.

On the more traditional, banjo based “Glory”, Ladin tackles personal insecurity. “sometimes I am and sometimes I ain’t / I ain’t baby most of the time / sometimes I can and sometimes I can’t / I can’t without you by my side / The sun is shining all around / it’s not shining on me” sings Ladin. “The song is about the way we can hold ourselves back from participating in the incredible things that are right in front of us,” she says.

From jazzy vaudeville numbers that inspire you to dance, to moody indie folk that make you feel and think, Ladin’s record is the product of not only a lifetime immersed the study of culture, but a depth of experiences, of joys and disappointments, living on two coasts, raising a career and a family, illuminating the various paradoxes living life in this world.

Raised between Baltimore and New York City, Ladin’s parents were deep into the folk revival. Her mother was an international folk dance teacher, and her dad loved old time music and had a constant open door for traveling bands. “I began playing banjo after John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers stayed at our house, and suggested to my dad that my sister and I should play” she laughs. Ladin took lessons from local banjo master Bob Carlin from the age of eight, and travelled with her father to festivals, parties, and camps around the country. It was at one such camp that the teenage Ladin was introduced to African music by then-ethnomusicology student Stefan Senders. “I remember hearing these rhythms, and a light bulb just went off. I became fascinated with the African roots of the American music and dance I had been participating in” says Ladin.

After graduating high school, Ladin went to Brown University where she dedicated herself to studying Africa in all disciplines, and other cultures where music and dance are an intrinsic part of social communication. She traveled to Nigeria as a student and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to continue her studies there after graduation. But when she returned to the United States, she felt that racial dynamics were too complex to pursue a career in African studies as a white woman, that she would always be an outsider in that community, “and rightfully so.” She was offered a job with Rhythm In Shoes, a percussive dance company based out of Dayton, Ohio, and jumped at the opportunity to bring her skills to full time performance. Ladin spent most of her twenties touring with the company, showcasing traditional percussive dance forms with modern choreography, and developing her performance chops.

It was through Rhythm In Shoes that she met her partner Keith Terry, a percussionist who specializes in body music. Her relationship with Terry brought her to the west coast, where she quickly joined The Stairwell Sisters, an all female old time band, Crosspulse, an intercultural percussion ensemble, and began developing what would become ten years of producing the International Body Music Festival with Terry. With the Stairwell Sisters, Ladin really dug into her songwriting, and in the Body Music scene she applied her traditional music and dance knowledge to new compositions and international collaborations. “I spent my twenties as a professional dancer, my thirties growing into my musicianship and raising a family, and by the time I hit my forties, I really had something to say and was ready to launch my solo career down all of its avenues,” says Ladin.

With long time collaborators Keith Terry and Erik Pearson, she formed the Evie Ladin Band, and has released three previous albums (one of which won the IMA Best Americana Album Award). The band has won ribbons at Clifftop Neo-Trad Stringband Contest, and other festivals. But the launch of the Evie Ladin Band was not without its challenges. “Unfortunately, in our society, women over a certain age aren’t considered to have as much value as performers. I can viscerally remember the exact conference at which I became invisible. It made me so angry because I was thinking, this is where I belong, I’ve been doing this for my whole life, performing and teaching in and out of this tradition, working and creating in this community.” But Ladin refuses to be discouraged by the music industry’s idea of who gets to be a performer. “I already have a successful career in music and dance, and I know that adds value to my perspective, and the audience experience. I’m not sure why for women, having years of work under your belt seems to detract from your commercial appeal. But I don’t subscribe to that.”

For more information on Evie Ladin: www.evieladin.com

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released March 21, 2019

Evie Ladin lead vocal, banjo, guitar
Keith Terry vocal, bass, drums, percussion
Erik Pearson vocal, guitars, banjo uke

Sundra Manning piano (7, 10, 11)
Jeff Cressman on trombone (10)

J. Goody, Megasonic engineer, mixing
David Glasser, Airshow mastering
Debbie Berne graphic design
Snap Jackson band photo
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Lyrics by Evie Ladin /Evil Diane Music, BMI
except People Are You Ready, PD
Music created and produced by the ELB
Evil Diane Music/Crosspulse Music/Erik Pearson Music, BMI
©℗ 2019

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Evie Ladin Oakland, California

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. The Evie Ladin Band is an expansive stringband, with Keith Terry - bass and percussion, and Erik Pearson - guitar. Body-slappin neo-trad urban folk. ... more

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Track Name: California I Cry
CHORUS
skyscrapers of stone, turn the metal into mountains
give me a home, that ain’t so damn crowded
we are made blind, by golden light
california
california i cry

it’s been dry as a bone, no rain on the horizon
one cigarette out the window and all of it burns
one giant shake, the oceans will rise
california
california i cry

not so long ago, they all came for riches
and riches they found beyond measure, a bounty no end
what is the price to steal paradise
california
california i cry

CHORUS

the money it flows into highrises
up on the hillside they see a far view
down in the flatlands we’re just trying to get by
california
california i cry

the moon it hangs heavy over bridges of steel
we sit in our cars on our phones surrounded by cars
suspended in heaven, under wide western sky
california
california i cry

CHORUS

BRIDGE
you can sleep out every night, enjoy the life
but to pay your rent, you ain’t got the time
miss a couple paychecks and you’ll be fresh outta luck and
sleeping out all of the time

CHORUS
Track Name: Glory
GLORY

sometimes i am and sometimes i ain’t
i ain’t baby most of the time

sometimes i can and sometimes i can’t
i can’t without you by my side

The sun is shining all around
it’s not shining on me
how long will you stay in this town
will you come go, come go with me
will you come go with me

glory wind in my hair
glory sun at my heels
glory shadows are lengthening down
glory the world
come go with me

sometimes i ain’t and sometimes i am
i am when i know where i stand

sometimes i can’t and sometimes i can
i can be the one you demand

The sun is shining all around
but it’s not shining on me
how long will you stay in this town
or will you come go, come go with me
will you come go with me

glory wind in my hair
glory sun at my heels
glory shadows are lengthening down
glory the world
come go with me

you came to me in a color scheme
blacks and browns turned into greens

yellows and reds filled up my bed
and my head filled with glorious dreams

glory…
Track Name: Life Raft
the only time it was good
we’d hold each other if we could
sad against the world
keeping the world away
it’s a bad bad world
keeping the world away

the only time we felt alright
we shut the door against the night
sad against the world
keeping the world away
it’s a bad bad world
keeping the world away

CH
life raft - daring the loneliness to turn us over
life raft - if I let go will I sink or swim
life raft - will the loneliness turn us over
life raft - will I sink or will I swim
life raft - turn us over
life raft - sink or swim
life raft - but I let go and I swim
life raft - to the shore
life raft - I land
life raft - put my feet on the floor
life raft - I swim
life raft - to the shore
life raft - Don’t need you any more


you telling me i ain’t no good
that you would leave me if you could
sad against the world
keeping the world away
it’s a bad bad world
keeping the world away

holding me out in the road
can’t get gone though you know it’s
over
keeping the world away
it’s a bad bad world
keeping the world away

life raft - daring the loneliness to turn us over
life raft - if I let go will I sink or swim
life raft - will the loneliness turn us over
life raft - will I sink or will I swim
life raft - turn us over
life raft - sink or swim
life raft - but I let go and I swim
life raft - to the shore
life raft - I land
life raft - put my feet on the floor
life raft - I swim
life raft - to the shore
life raft - Don’t need you any more
Track Name: Gone Again
Early one morning in the dirty light
Me & my Billy went out on a ride
We had to move fast, had to catch wind
Take another turn, we’re gone again

gone again, gone again

He bragged to me of all his plans
Heading up north to grab some land
Needed me to help him win
Take another turn, we’re gone again

gone again, gone again, take another turn we’re gone again
gone again, gone again

Late in the day with the sun in our eyes
Me & my Billy went out in the rye
We lay down to have a little rest
Wake up in the morning, he’s gone again

gone again, gone again, wake up in the morning he’s gone again
gone gone gone again, take another turn he’s gone again
gone again, gone again

He’s not your boy and he’s not your friend,
Shows up late and stays till the end
Comes for the food and stays for the bed
Take another turn and he’s gone again

gone again, gone again
gone again, gone again
gone again, gone again
gone again, gone again
Track Name: Holding on to Saturday Night
Let’s go downtown
Go get down
Papa says i can’t go ‘less you go with me
Sunday morning comes on fast
I want this night to last
Sunday morning turn out your light
I’m holding on to Saturday night.
I’m holding on to Saturday night.

Let’s go downtown
Just wander around
Papa says I can’t go ‘less you go with me
Check out the clubs they got every kind
Deejay, metal, house, country line
Sunday morning turn out your light
I’m holding on to Saturday night.
I’m holding on to Saturday night.

Let’s go downtown
Go get down
Tell your mama to let you go cuz you’ll be with me
We’re gonna to dance till our feet are sore
Then we’ll dance a little more
Sunday morning I can see your light
I’m holding on to Saturday night
I’m holding on to Saturday night
Sunday morning turn out your light
Track Name: Tumbleweed
Roll me like a tumble,
a tuuuumble
roll me like a tumble weed
a hop a skip a jumpin
sailin and a bumpin
handspringing down the street

let the wind catch me and a lift me up high
knocking and a rockin, got my down on the upside
baby what do you do when we’re rolling around
tumble me to the ground, my baby & i

Roll me like a tumble,
a tuuuumble
roll me like a tumble weed
how the wind is blowin
we move in a slow mo
float on a breeze

caterwauling hauling cross a wide open sky
smashed up and crumpled, caught on a wire
baby what do you do when we’re rolling around
tumble me to the ground, my baby & i

See us tumbling down
Rolling around on the ground
Free, we are found
Track Name: Late in the Evening
Late in the evening when the sun is all gone
I put up my work and head up for home
But supper’s not waiting in a pot on the stove
This is not how my story goes

No, this is not how my story should go
But men play their war games and our lives are sold
So I earn dollars, send them back home
Late in the evening when the sun is all gone

CH Late in the evening when the sun is on fire
Burns the horizon like a jumpin live wire
I look at my hands, will they carry me on?
Late in the evening when the sun is all gone

INST

One day to another, we’re trying to survive
For us to eat, they eat us alive
I learn a new language, still they spit out my name
the jobs they don’t want, they don’t want me to take

When I save enough I’ll bring you here
Its not what we’re aiming for but a little bit nearer
and when in this country our children are born
they’ll have one foot in the door

CH: Late in the evening when I lay down to rest
I thought i’d be doing better, and this isn’t my best
Stars in the east Lord I wish I was home
Late in the evening when the sun is all gone

I look at my hands, will they carry me on?
Late in the evening when the sun is all gone
Track Name: News Cyclone
I can’t stick to a schedule it seems
I move slowly in and out of my dreams
I wake and fall back into bed
I tell myself its the rain
It’s coming, and the day is dark again

I hear gunshots, the news is bad
I get the feeling that we’re all being had
There’s fire and smoke and the laws are broke
How do we push back the rain
It’s coming and the day is dark again

CH all i hear is the radio
let me hear the rain
its a news cyclone
verbal hurricane
all i hear is the radio
oh let me hear the rain
trapped in a vacuum
news cyclone hurricane


Tunnels of money under river of souls
The borders are broken their stories left un-told
The sun has taken off running
I tell myself its the rain
It’s coming, and the days are dark again

CH all i hear is the radio
let me hear the rain
its a news cyclone
verbal hurricane
all i hear is the radio
oh let me hear the rain
trapped in a vacuum
news cyclone hurricane

Build a fire, take off the chill
Look for the way even if there is no will
Fire, smoke, laws broke
How do we push back the rain
It keeps coming and the day is dark again

CH all i hear is the radio
oh let me hear the rain
its a news cyclone
verbal hurricane
all i hear is the radio
oh let me hear the rain
trapped in a vacuum
news cyclone hurricane

Let the words empty out of my head
Stare out the window and watch the sky
Just a little bit lighter than it was in the night
I tell myself its the rain
Track Name: People Are You Ready
People are you ready
People are you ready
People are you ready
don’t you want to go

And we’ll all go together
We’ll all go together, children

See them walking down by the water with a rainbow round their shoulders
Track Name: Almost Everywhere
CHORUS
New York to New Orleans
Every point in between
San Francisco, Baltimore
I’ve been almost everywhere
Everywhere ain’t worth it anymore
if it all comes from the same store.

I ain’t no johnny cash
never claimed to be
but still i got the gas
pedal riding under me
my job it takes me on the road
riding, rolling, gotta drive
i’ve paid off all i owed
never had a 9-5

the more the years go by
every exit looks the same
i can’t believe my eyes
the homogeneity
micky d’s, box o’jack
shells and gulfs a mile wide
family diners get a stack
of precut precooked freeze dried fries

CHORUS
CHORUS INST
VERSE INST

no matter where you are
you don’t have to talk to folk
you don’t have to leave your car
do your business by remote
Everywhere ain’t worth it anymore
if it all comes from the same store.

in my home town
they’re tearing pretty houses down
behind them rise and rise
boxes filled with boxes no surprises
Everywhere ain’t worth it anymore
if it all comes from the same store.

That shirt says USA, but it’s made in Singapore
and it all comes from the same store

Cut down the Amazon, deliver it to your front door
and it all comes from the same store

Enough is enough, but more is more
and it all comes from the same store

New York to New Orleans
Every point in between
if it all comes from the same store.

San Francisco, Baltimore
I’ve been almost everywhere
if it all comes from the same store.

Everywhere ain’t worth it anymore
if it all comes from the same store.
Track Name: Mr Joe
CH in your pretty little dress with your eyes so bright
come dance with me tonight
take my hand, fly away
move it or you lose it and i ain’t gonna lose it today

old man in the middle of a crowd
his eyes are heavy, music’s too loud
we all get old, we all slow down
tonight he’s gonna dance around

he tightens the tie, lace up the boots
ride the 24 down the same old route
It’s Friday night, the hall’s aglow
come on dance with Mr Joe

CH

Mr Joe’s got it all going on
he won’t hold you too close or too long
his hands are clean, his eyes are closed
hold on, kick back, let the good times roll


When its all he can do he put the suit back on
pays his tab, calls a cab, city rushes on
Mr Joe, he floats above
he’s filled up with love

CH
Track Name: Let Me Lay Down
i want to go slow, i want to slow down
been running so fast can’t keep my feet on the ground
i need a break from my life
i am working on overtime, time and a half,
when can i stop and lay down my head

CHORUS
Let me lay down beside the cool water
Let me lay down on the cold hard ground
Lay myself down on a bed full of feathers
When can I lay down and rest
Let me lay down take my rest

i’m getting off this train, before it hits the next stop
i gotta stop moving or things are gonna get dangerous
I wanna sit down
my head is aching just from holding it up
when can i stop and lay down my head

CH

BRIDGE
Memory lingers of when we connected
Right here beside one another what pleasure
To touch and to taste and to talk in real time
Let us lay down you and I

Let me lay down beside the cool water
Let me lay down on the cold hard ground
Lay myself down on a bed full of feathers
I hear the horns honking, the cars racing by


I want to live high i want to live low
sit down and give some time to the people i know
let the light and the love filter into my eyes till they
burn with the lust and the lift of this life
it is long, it is short
when can i lay down my head

Let me lay down beside the cool water
Let me lay down on the cold hard ground
Lay myself down on a bed full of feathers
When can I lay down and rest
When can I lay down and rest
When can I lay down and rest
Let me lay down take my rest
Track Name: Mockingbird
Mockingbird outside my window
Make me think the dawn has come
I get that ugly feeling that I put away another one
makes you think it’s dawn
you’ve been singing all night long
Another all night all night long
playing all night
playing all night mockingbird,
lets you and me
holler into the trees

Most little birds they sing at dawn
they’re not singing all night long
I don’t know what other birdies sing
Mine just hollers bout everything
Makes you think it’s dawn
that you’ve been singing all night long
Another all night all night long
singing all night
playing all night mockingbird,
lets you and me
holler into the trees

Seems every gal who writes a song
has a little birdie helping her along
well my little bird outside my door
is a mockingbird and it sings the night o’er
makes you think it’s dawn
that you’ve been dancing all night long
Another all night all night long.....

Mockingbird, you mocking me….

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