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.

Lurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick
The Vern & Ray tribute band on our May Northwest tour L-R: Tom Rozum, Laurie Lewis, Cary Black, Kathy Kallick, Patrick Sauber

Dear Companions,
Better late than never, I hope, for the June newsletter! As you can see, the appearances are few. This leaves time to begin our new recording project. I'm still keeping quiet on the particulars, but we're pretty excited by the choice of material! We start recording this week, if all goes as planned, and soon I'll be able to let you in on what it's all about.

At the end of the month, I will be heading into the Sierra Nevada for my first backpacking trip of the summer. I am so excited to once again be up in the high country. The next time you hear from me will be sometime after that trip, and I intend to have photos and updates on my blog: 

There are still four spaces left on Tom Rozum's and my Rogue River trip this August 17 through 21! Read all about it here. Typically, these trips sell out months in advance. I suppose that this is an example of a slow economic recovery, but it means that those of you who are fence-sitters can still join us on this most beautiful green river.

Okay, I know that's misleading, but a couple of sharp-eyed friends who happened to watch Inside Editionreported that they saw a clip of Tom Rozum and me singing "My Old Kentucky Home" in the middle of a story about Clooney bringing his new bride back to visit his home state! After a little research, I discovered that the clip was taken from a video of a performance in Genoa, Italy, a few years back. The program does not appear to post shows online, so I haven't seen it. But here's a full-length version of the song: 
My Old Kentucky Home
This was filmed at the Red Wine Bluegrass Party in 2010. Tom Rozum (mandolin, vocals), Silvio Ferretti (banjo, vocals), Marco Ferretti (guitar), Martino Coppo (mandolin), Lowell "Banana" Levinger (octave mandolin), Stefano Cavallo (bass guitar)

Many thanks to Kathy Warde's daughter, who called her mother to say, "Mom, I saw Tom Rozum on TV singing with some girl!" 
douglas fir  
While hiking in the Columbia Gorge, I chanced upon this tenacious Douglas Fir. Given half a chance, the forests will come back.

Now get out there and sing! 
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Harmony-Singing class with Laurie Lewis and Keith Little 
California Bluegrass Association Music Camp
Nevada County Fairgrounds 
Grass Valley, CA

THU, JUNE 18, 2:55 PM
The Music Camp All-Stars (Laurie Lewis and other instructors from the CBA Music Camp)
Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Grass Valley, CA

FRI, JUNE 26, 8 PM
The Oakeley Session - 
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Mike Witcher

Vintage and Original Folk, Country and Bluegrass Jam!
Resonator guitar wizard Mike Witcher, from Oakdale, will join Berkeley's Laurie Lewis (fiddle, guitar) and Tom Rozum (mandolin, guitar) in drawing from a deep well of shared music. Come request a song!
Acoustic Music Berkeley
Berkeley Fellowship Hall 
(Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists)
1606 Bonita Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

SUN, JUNE 28, 3-6 PM
The Sunday Sessions
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Keith Little, and Mike Witcher
The Roaring Donkey
146 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 772-5478

WED, JUL 15, 6:30 PM
Peacetown Summer Concert Series
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber
Ives Park 
7400 Willow 
Sebastopol, CA

THU, JUL 16, 8 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber
 City Winery
Napa, CA

FRI & SAT,  JUL 24 & 25
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, and Simon Chrisman
Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival 
Stevenson, WA
I first saw Jean Ritchie sing and play at the Berkeley Folk Festival sometime around 1963 or 1964. As an impressionable 13-year-old I was instantly entranced by her soft manner, her old-fashioned style and her high, warbly, other-worldly voice. Over the years, we have recorded a few of the songs that she wrote, and I believe that her "Black Waters" is among the best songs ever written. Jean died on June 1, at the age of 92. I've been thinking about her a lot this week, and in putting together this newsletter, I thought I'd post a few videos of her. There are so many on YouTube, and I encourage you to sample more of her music. Here are a select few.
Uncle Joe, with Mike Seeger and Aly Bain
Black Waters
Go Dig My Grave, with Doc Watson