Uno Lady (Christa Ebert) sings Summertime. Footage recorded by Christa Ebert in Crescent Meadows in Sequoia National Park, May 2017. Frog samples from Crescent Meadows and beach sounds from Edgewater Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
Summertime was originally composed by George Gershwin from Porgy and Bess. It is one of my favorite songs. Some of my favorite covers are done by Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday, and Janis Joplin.
Video by Chris Tran, Brad Throla and Jess France. Audio recorded by Jeff France at EarthQuaker Audio Recording Laboratory.
EarthQuaker Devices built me a pedal board and now my sound library feels limitless. I’m sonically inspired – like a jolt to my creative process. I’m playing around with Avalanche Run, Disaster Transport Sr., Levitation, Arpaniod, Bows, Afterneath, Transmisser, The Depths, Night Wire, and the Organizer. Check out each device here. EarthQuaker Devices pedals are handmade by fellow musicians and music lovers in Akron, Ohio and have a lifetime warranty.
AKRON, OH – “Cleveland’s Christa Ebert is a one-woman choir. As Uno Lady, she’s dazzled, confounded, and delighted audiences since 2007 with loop-based compositions for voice, found sounds, and effects pedals. Her avant-garde pop tunes combine doo-wop harmonies and ethereal soundscapes with layered and processed vocals, which range from a smoky tenor to operatic outbursts of melody.
In this performance of “Underground” she uses the Bows’ treble mode with the Afterneath and Disaster Transport SR to craft an ambient, slightly overdriven wordless backing vocal that sits tight in the mix before adding the melody. From her DIY suitcase podium, she builds layer upon intertwining layer of call-and-response vocal patterns that lift off into a dreamlike fugue state before engaging the Avalanche Run at the song’s end, using the reverse function to bring it all tumbling down, down to the “underground” of the song’s namesake.” –Arron Rogers, EQD
Yesterday I was fortunate to record a new song at Earthquaker Devices with the rad pedals they let me try out. The pedals are magical and the staff is super talented and incredibly nice. Songs are pouring out of me now that I have these awesome new babies. I’ll share the song and video when its up!
“Washed Away” was recorded by Christa (Uno Lady) Ebert January 2017. Song written by Christa Ebert, Anna Jo, and Marcus Trana during Dark Songs at the Holiday Music Motel, Sturgeon Bay, WI, October 2016.
The Holiday Music Motel is a magical place that invites songwriters from around the world. Musicians travel to Sturgeon Bay to take part in the three songwriting festivals at the Holiday Music Motel (February’s ‘Love On Holiday,’ is happening this week! June’s ‘Steel Bridge Songfest’ and October’s ‘Dark Songs’). You can listen to the songs recorded at the Motel, year round at www.steelbridgeradio.com/listen
For the last three years I have participated in Dark Songs and a favorite from the last trip is “Washed Away.” It was co-written by myself, Anna Jonson who is a Wildland Firefighter and simultaneously the nicest and very badass, and Norway native Marcus Trana, recording engineer, entrepreneur and all around swell guy.
At last, I can share with you my creation! Lauren, Teresa and I have worked very hard on this video and I am proud to present “Bikini Weeding” for your viewing enjoyment. Special thanks to the Rodemann’s for their guest appearance in the video.
Nothing brings me more joy than digging in the dirt, connecting to nature, and watching tiny seeds transform into healthy food. Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to subscribe!
About the video
Filmed in Uno Lady’s backyard “Bikini Weeding” features time lapses of growing plants, villainous weeds, and the artist herself, hard at work growing her own food. “Bikini Weeding” was directed and co-produced by Uno Lady with Lauren Voss and Teresa Crockett of Sugarbowl Creative.
July 13 @ The Rock Hall w/ Goldmines
Part of the free concert series
July 16 – LADYFFEST Pittsburgh @ Spirit! 242 51st Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Uno Lady will perform between 10:10-10:35pm
Ladyfest Pittsburgh 2016 is a benefit for the Women’s Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh. https://www.facebook.com/Vulvapalooza/
At every show I perform at my own tiny desk. This portable podium was crafted from a vintage suitcase. “Giveway to the Whirlwind” is a song I wrote about turbulent times; Its a reminder that there is calm after the storm.
I was invited to collaborate with a stranger and we made a pretty sweet song for a compilation. The One and Only Matt Miller, from Pennsylvania, and I wrote “Hysterical Laughter” for Songs from the City Earth, Vol. I., released by Fringe Sound Records.
“Fringe Sound Records’ second release, while not strictly an experiment in cross-genre collaboration, is largely an album whose ten songs involve a number of artists who may never have come together to make music had they not been challenged to do so.”
You can Pre-order of Songs from the City Earth, Vol. I. You get 10 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC …), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.