Joining her on this album are Keith Terry (bass, Body Music, percussion, vocals), trained as a jazz drummer and most known for contemporary Body Music, goes after tonal percussion on bass, cajon, toys, with clever lines and unusual grooves. He and Evie met on the dance floor, and live a double life between the Folk/Americana circuit and the International Body Music scene they helped create – elements beautifully integrated into their live show. Erik Pearson (guitar, bass, banjo, vocals) fell in love with old-time music studying composition at Oberlin, and he contributes chordal containment and the ultimate support. Three-part harmony carries the music into the heart.
With Jump The Fire, the band set out to convey the energy and character of their live show, capturing sonically the palpable connection they hold with audiences – an electric experience, showcasing mastery of percussive dance and emotive, nuanced stories in catchy songs. Yet each track on this new release was the culmination of many experiences. After countless tours and travels, in mid-career, Evie needed the rejuvenation of a sabbatical. She took a writer’s retreat, with the exceptional challenge of writing 20 songs in 12 hours. She collected over 100 pieces of songs from several years of touring and teaching, singing into her recorder, writing on scraps, and finally gave them the time. She left the retreat with over 25 songs; and when she played them for her band, they loved each song more than the last. Galvanized on her path, Jump the Fire was born with the Evie Ladin Band 3.0.
Music is meant to move. Music is to do. In listening, live or on record, Evie keeps bringing you back to these basics, while savoring the real stuff of life. Jump the Fire!