Laurie Lewis

 

 

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August Is Upon Us, Rivers Are Running
Travels and Travails ~ August 2008

 

LL & The Right Hands (Todd Phillips, Tom Rozum, Craig Smith, and Scott Huffman) backed by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (or as Coloradans say, "a big row of fourteeners."), Westcliffe, CO

 

As you may know, if you've been following our rambles, we had a wild July. It featured lots of different forms of transportation, the first being a leisurely drive over the Sierra on skinny little Hwy 4 over Ebbetts Pass to Reno. Then we flew to Southern CA, and on to CO. In Westcliffe, I got to travel for a few miles on horseback. Then Tom and I took the eastbound train for Philadelphia. I was pretty excited about the big two-night trip, but the enthusiasm faded when we got about five miles outside of Denver and were sidetracked for nearly 7 hours. We missed our connection to Philly in Chicago and had to cash in our tickets and fly the rest of the way. It seems that the passenger trains are the lowest on the totem pole and have to yield to every freight train. But the ride was still full of poignancy, interest and beauty. We saw the flooding from the burst levee on the Mississippi River in Iowa. Amazing. After two weeks, the buildings and cars were still standing in a huge lake for miles around. I guess that's what every spring looked like (minus the cars and houses) before the Army Corps of Engineers started trying to tame the waterways and making flood plains "safe" for year-round habitation.

We met back up with the band in VA, crowding 5 of us into a rented minivan with all our luggage and instruments. It was a test of spacial relationships. The most excellent Steve Roy filled in for Todd on the eastern portion, and he was a joy to play with. He'll be joining us again in October when Todd is on tour with Joan Baez. Then it was on to WI, back to MD and VA, a week in WV, and back again to VA. Finally, back home in Berkeley, all I want to do is sleep.

It was a treat to spend time and play some songs with the Augusta bluegrass teaching staff in Elkins, WV,where Tom and I were teaching harmony singing. It was a stellar line-up, including Mike Bub, Missy Raines, the Gibson Brothers, Terry Baucom, Russ Barenberg, Buddy Spicher and Bobby Hicks, among others.

August Appearances

Wed, Aug 13, 8:00 PM
Laurie joins Kathy Kallick and friends
McGrath's
1539 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA

Sun, Aug 17, 4:30 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Todd Phillips
Mt. Shasta Resort
Shasta, CA
Info: 530-918-4804

Mon, Aug 18, 5:30-7:00 PM in the garden
Catch Red-Handed
(Laurie, Suzy Thompson, and Nell Robinson)
Pizzaiolo
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

Aug 19-17
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
Tuolumne River Trip with ARTA
Info: 800-652-3246
IMPORTANT NEWS! Due to a last-minute cancellation, there are two spots open for this trip. If you want to join us, call now!

Fri, Aug 22
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
Thunder Ridge Ranch Concert Series
Galice, OR
Contact abrinkerhoff@hughes.net
541-471-2206

Aug 23-27
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
Rogue River Trip with ECHO
Info: 800-652-3246
Dog Boy Records proudly announces two new acoustic instrumental releases!
You've worn the t-shirts, now listen to the latest music:

dogboy releasesSolo Guitar: Music From Films (DogBoy 05) is Tom Ball's third solo guitar release. Mostly known for his great blues singing and harmonica playing with Kenny Sultan, Tom is also an awesome guitar player. Available from CD Baby

"Have no fear: Ball still sings and plays the country blues with the best of 'em. But guitar-wielding detours such as this are pure delights for the ears and soul." -Josef Woodard,
 Santa Barbara Independent

Mike Wollenberg and Julian Smedley,A Common Language (DogBoy 06)
contact: bloomwall@aol.com

Inventive solo guitarist and wonderful violinist unite for hot and tasteful acoustic jazz instrumentals. Everyone is amazed that this duo can create such a full palette of sound on this real-time recording.


In Other News
I am happy to report that Jeanette Williams has included my song, Blue Days, Sleepless Nights, on her new CD, Thank You For Caring. It's a cool, swingy version, and i am honored to have her sing my song! Here's a snippet.
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Youtube has sprouted a bunch of underground videos of us lately. Here's a good one of Tom and me singing Goodbye at the Vassar Clements tribute concert at Wintergrass in 2006.
And here I am sitting in with Crooked Still at Grass Valley this last June.
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LIVE continues to get good reviews. Here are bits of the latest:

"...whether it's a traditional take on a traditional standard or a bluegrass interpretation of Billy Joe Shaver or Irving Berlin, it's pretty hard to find fault with any of the 19 tracks here. Lewis remains as engaging a personality as there is in contemporary bluegrass, and she's surrounded herself with musicians and friends of like approach. The result is more than an hour of top-notch bluegrass playing and good fun."
---- Jim Trageser, North County Times

"LIVE has all the clarity and dynamism of a studio recording but with that special spark that only happens during a live performance."
---- Steven Stone, Vintage Guitar
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Laurie Lewis