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Evie Ladin: “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”

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Peghead Nation’s Clawhammer Banjo teacher plays and sings a Grateful Dead classic, which she also recorded for the Evie Ladin Band’s new EP, “Playing Our Hand.”

by Dan Gabel
October 02, 2020

Peghead Nation’s Clawhammer Banjo teacher Evie Ladin was in the Peghead Nation studio recently to record new lessons for her course, and while she was here, she played this great solo version of the Grateful Dead song “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo.” You can hear the Evie Ladin Band (with Keith Terry on bass and Erik Pearson on guitar) play this song on the brand-new EP Playing Our Handa collection of the band’s favorite covers.

About this Grateful Dead classic, Evie says: 

“Lots of people got into bluegrass and old-time music under the influence of the Grateful Dead, but I went the other way. For me, following the Dead for several years was a rock-and-roll extension of the old-time music community I grew up with and loved. Everybody danced! The first time I came to California, in a shag-carpet van with my college boyfriend, we were following the Dead, selling beaded jewelry. It was my first time really traveling West of the Mississippi, and I was blown away by the immense geography of the US, all of it expanded my 19-year-old mind. Living in Oakland for many years now, it took a while to find the Dead song I wanted to cover, but here’s one that translates well to the banjo. I still have my hand-drawn cassettes, and an open mind.”
 

To get started playing clawhammer banjo and learn great clawhammer banjo tunes, enroll now in Clawhammer Banjo with Evie Ladin on Peghead Nation!


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