Laurie Lewis

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Laurie and Betty on the John Muir Trail

Betty and Laurie go hiking
photo by Tom Rozum

DEAR COMPANIONS, 
I have returned from the wild to the land of internet and musical instruments, phones and engine noises. It took a little while to get back in the groove. In fact, while trying to drive immediately following 22 days of hiking, I nearly ran the car off the road on three separate occasions. It seems I wasn't used to going so fast while looking around. Nothing bad happened, though, and I have successfully re-entered the world of driving with no mishaps (knock on wood).

ENTERING THE BLOGOSPHERE
Hiking the John Muir Trail was a truly wonderful experience, and one I would do again in a heartbeat. The only thing I would change is that I would spend more time out there in the High Sierra, and hike fewer miles per day. But of course, it was my own schedule constraints that defined the timeline. 

I started blogging about the experience and posting my photos this week. I will be writing a post every day for each of the 22 days on the trail, based on my journal and recollections, and liberally spicing it up with photos. You can follow along here:

HighSierraRambles

Days 1-5 are currently up and awaiting your perusal.

  
John Muir Trail

Evening falls on Evolution Creek
photo by Laurie Lewis

LAST CAMPS OF THE YEAR!

Tom Rozum, The Right Hands, and I will be teaching  in the next few months at the following music camps:

OCT 9-12

 Walker Creek Music Camp

THE ART OF THE DUET
with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum

In beautiful West Marin County, CA

JUST ADDED!

NOV 7-9

BAND SESSIONS

PERSONAL MENTORING WITH LAURIE LEWIS AND THE RIGHT HANDS, WITH SPECIAL GUEST FIDDLER BLAINE SPROUSE

Yosemite Bug Resort

Midpines, CA (near Yosemite National Park)

A weekend gathering with the band that includes a live concert; instruction on fiddle with Blaine Sprouse, guitar with Laurie Lewis, mandolin with Tom Rozum, banjo with Patrick Sauber, string bass with Andrew Conklin, vocals with Laurie, Tom and Patrick, and general bandcraft; fireside chats; sound system workshop with Paul Knight; open mic and jamming -- all in a beautiful setting and relaxed atmosphere with great food and a spa. If you don't have time to hike the JMT, this'll get you pretty close. You won't want to miss this one!

These camps are quite popular and tend to fill up quickly. Space is limited, so if you are interested in honing your chops and having a great time, I suggest you sign up right away!

Don't forget to sing and play as often as possible. It's good for what ails you. 

Thank you for your support of live music.


~Laurie Lewis

UPCOMING APPEARANCES
SAT & SUN, SEP 27 & 28
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum 
with I Hear Voices! with Strings
Water of Life Church
3269 N. Mountain Ave. (north of Ft. Lowell Rd.)
Tucson, AZ
TUE & WED, SEP 30 & OCT 1
Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick
with Tom RozumPatrick Sauber and Ira Gitlin
Raleigh, NC

SUN, OCT 5, 12:00 PM 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber,Andrew Conklin 
Banjo Stage, Hellman Hollow
Golden Gate Park 
FREE FESTIVAL
San Francisco, CA

THU-SUN, OCT 9-12
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum 
THE ART OF THE DUET
Marin County, CA

SAT, OCT 18
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom RozumPatrick Sauber, special guests 
John Mailander (fiddle) and Simon Chrisman(bass)
Beckman Institute Auditorium
CalTech Pasadena campus
Pasadena, CA

SUN, OCT 19 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom RozumPatrick Sauber, special guests 
John Mailander (fiddle) and Simon Chrisman(bass)
Del Mar, CA
THE REVIEWS ARE COMING IN!
Laurie and Kathy

Here it is! Kathy Kallick and I have been planning this tribute to our early bluegrass heroes, Vern Williams and Ray Park, for a number of years now, and it is so wonderful to have the CD in hand, finally. With 18 songs, we didn't have enough time to fit in all our favorites from their vast and varied repertoire, but this is a good start. Maybe there will be Volume 2 sometime. 

The album features beautiful photos by Irene Young, informative liner notes from the pen of Randy Pitts, and an all-star cast of supporting musicians, including Tom Rozum, Keith Little, Patrick Sauber, Annie Staninec, and Sally Van Meter.

Click on the link above for the full reviews. Here are some excerpts:

"This is my favorite bluegrass album in years!"
-Stephen D. Winick, Huffington Post

"it's a refreshing and wonderful reminder how good Lewis and Kallick can be."
-Penguin Eggs

"Implanting themselves firmly back in their roots, the duo perfectly complement each other, interpreting the various tracks faithfully and sprightfully... Those looking for a window in the past with crystal clarity won't be disappointed."
-For The Country Record


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PO Box 9417
Berkeley, CA 94709

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