Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis News

 

 

Every month or so we email a newsletter to our fan base/mailing list with news and to give a perspective from traveling musicians. The archieved newsletters are available from the drop-down menu.

Benefit for Tom Size, among other things
The Golden West

Mount Shasta
Mt Shasta, the welcome sign that we are only 5 hours from home! 
Dear Companions, 

It has been an incredible month of natural beauty and musical inspiration. We have traveled from the sere landscape of Santa Fe, NM, to the magnificent redwood forests of northern California, to the lush cool greens of Port Townsend, WA. I have so many photos that I want to share, and it's difficult to winnow it down to only a few. So we have added a little composite photo, lower in the newsletter, for your entertainment.

June saw us experiencing the best double rainbow that both Tom and I had ever seen. Our hosts outside of Albuquerque were a little blasé, we thought, while we rushed out to photograph it. Awesome!

Double Rainbow in the Sandia Mountains
This is only half of the double rainbow. In the background are the Sandia (Spanish for Watermelon) Mountains.

From there, it was off to hike in Desolation Wilderness for a couple of days, where I was met with snow and near-gale-force winds the first night. Luckily, I was in a cabin, because my summer sleeping bag wasn't nearly warm enough. I spent a day hiking up to Lake Aloha, losing the trail repeatedly between snow drifts. But I kept saying, "All who wander are not lost," and I eventually found my way back to the main trail. It was truly beautiful up there, with peekaboo views of Lake Tahoe far away and far below. From the back country, I plopped right into the middle of the Fathers' Day Bluegrass Festival, AKA "Grass Valley" for a couple of days of jamming and visiting with friends who make this special festival their annual reunion.

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore came to town, and Tom Rozum and I played with them at the Back Room, as a warm up for our show at the Kate Wolf Music Festival. The sound was good, the place was full, and it was so comfy and homey-feeling. KateFest was lovely: hot, but nothing like what I heard last year was, only in the low 90's. And it's a dry heat. There is such a good bunch of employees and volunteers at that festival, to say nothing of the caliber of the music! Linda Tillery and the Clutural Heritage Choir blew me away. I was invited to sit in with Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, but had to decline, as Tom and I had miles to make to get up to Port Townsend, WA, in time for Voice Works. And my, my, my! What a lovely four days of singing and being sung to. Following right on its heels was the 40th anniversary of The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, known to everyone as just plain Fiddle Tunes. Everybody was amped up, ready to play all night and play a little longer. Then it was 14 long hours of driving to get back home. I am exhausted but happy.

Fort Worden State Park
The home of Voice Works and Fiddle Tunes, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA

I have started up my blog, High Sierra Rambles, again, and am enjoying reliving one of last year's hikes that I hadn't gotten around to writing up. You can check it out here (I figured I had better finish up with last year's adventure before I start writing about this year's hikes).

Wishing you well,
Laurie Lewis


UPCOMING APPEARANCES  

JULY 15, 8:00 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves, Max Schwartz
House Concert 
Oakland, CA 
Reservations Required
Contact: info@spruceandmaplemusic.com

JULY 16, 5:30 PM, THE BARN STAGE 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves, Max Schwartz
Rivertown Revival
Downtown Petaluma, CA


JULY 17, 3:00 PM 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves, Max Schwartz
House Concert 
Santa Cruz, CA 
Reservations Required
Contact: spalazzo@cruzio.com
 
SAT, JULY 23, 8:00 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Barbara Higbie, Linda Tillery, Hills to Hollers, Los Cenzontles,
Nina Gerber & Chris Webster, Tommy Castro
Benefit for Tom Size, our wonderful recording engineer who is dealing with cancer. If you are within traveling distance, and love good music, please support this benefit! If you can't make it in person, please consider donating here
Freight and Salvage 
2020 Addison St 
Berkeley, CA

SUN, JULY 24, 3:00 PM
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Paul Knight, and special guest
Jamison's Roaring Donkey
146 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA

FORWARD TO A FRIEND
 
From the top: 
1. Looking across the valley to Ralston Peak and Echo Lake, in Desolation Wilderness, June 15. 
2. Relaxing along the Smith River in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Northern California.
3. A redwood that almost got cut down sports a huge scar. I wonder what made them stop?
4. A sample of what you can see at the Curly Redwood Motel in Crescent City, CA. They say that all the curly redwood (of which there is an enormous amount) was all from one tree, felled in 1952. The motel was built in 1957, and hasn't been remodeled since then. No HBO, old-fashioned TV sets, and short showers, but the wood made it worth the stay.


See our full schedule here
 
YOSEMITE SONGWRITING RETREAT and the AMERICANA SONG ACADEMY

Coming up in the next couple of months, I am happy to announce that I will be teaching at these two stellar events:

SEP 6-9, preceding the Sisters Folk Festival
AMERICANA SONG ACADEMY
Tom Rozum and I will be teaching workshops in songwriting, performance, and getting the most out of a song. There's a great lineup of instructors!

OCT 7-10
YOSEMITE SONGWRITING RETREAT
A songwriting intensive workshop, with David Jacobs-Strain and Keith Greeninger, located just west of the El Portal entrance to Yosemite National Park. That's inspirational in and of itself! 

Sign up and stretch your mind in a beautiful setting.

BIG FAMILY NEWS

I am so very happy to announce that my dear niece, Chloe Woodruff, is an OLYMPIAN! That's right: she will be representing the United States in Cross Country Mountain Biking in Rio De Janeiro next month! Way to go, Chlo!
I wish I could fly down to Rio to cheer her on. Yes, I know there are too many exclamation points going on in this scant paragraph, but I can't help myself.

Chloe Woodruff
I hope this newsletter isn't too long. I had better stop now. 

Take care of yourselves out there, and support your local independent radio station. We need alternative sources for the news!

Laurie Lewis