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First Annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival and other fun stuff
IT MAY BE MAY
California Poppies
San Francisco as seen from the hills above my home. 
Dear Companions, 

May is International Bluegrass Music Month! We are celebrating by taking part in the first ever (and hopefully annual) Berkeley Bluegrass Festival later this month. But first, there's lots to talk about.

Thank you all for your well-wishes concerning my mother, who fell and broke her hip at the end of March. I am very happy to say that she is doing quite well, walking the Berkeley hills with her trekking poles and climbing stairs like a champ!

The poison oak in the Berkeley hills is looking extremely virile this year, thick and luxurious growth with shining green leaves. I am happy to report that I have so far only gotten a teeny tiny patch of itchy red bumps on my right ankle. Not a bad price to pay for a walk in the woods.

This last month started out in Hawaii, which is always a huge treat. We have loved our forays into the California foothill communities this last month, with concerts in Georgetown and Mokelumne Hill. Both were sold-out shows and the audiences were so warm and appreciative. Plus, the scenery is amazing. No time for photos this time, though. You'll have to go yourselves to see this countryside. the inaugural night of music at the new Berkeley venue, The Back Room, was really fun. It's a comfy room, with good acoustics, and we welcome it to the East Bay music scene.

This is the long form newsletter, and I hope that you will read to the end. If not, just scroll quickly down there to read about our friend and recording engineer, Tom Size.

You'll notice that I am assiduously avoiding talking politics. You can get your fill of that circus elsewhere. BUT I will mention one thing: the last date to register to vote in California, in order to vote this year, is May 23. 

Wishing you well,
Laurie Lewis

Keith Little, Laurie Lewis, Del Williams in the Vern Williams Band, 1978 or thereabouts. 
We'll be reuniting at the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, Friday, May 20.

UPCOMING APPEARANCES  

FRI, MAY 6, 8:00 PM   CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
Playing The Hazel and Alice Sessions!
BOULEVARD MUSIC
4316 Sepulveda, Blvd.
Culver City, CA
We are terribly sorry to have to cancel!

SAT, MAY 7
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
CASTORO CELLARS 
1315 N.Bethel Rd.
Templeton 93465 
(805) 238-0725
Presented by San Luis Obispo Folk Music Society

SUN, MAY 8, 3:00-6:00 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Keith Little, Katya Polovina
JAMISON'S ROARING DONKEY
146 Kentucky Street 
Petaluma, CA 94952 
(707) 772-5478 
NO COVER CHARGE! LOTS OF SONGS ABOUT MOMS!

SUN, MAY 15
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
CORNER STORE WEST MOUNTAIN JAM
Carmel Valley, CA 
Email to become a sponsor and receive an invitation to this private party
No walk-ins accepted

FRI, MAY 20
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Max Schwartz and Tatiana Hargreaves!!!
PLUS The Vern Williams Band Alumni:
Keith Little, Del Williams, Ed Neff, Laurie Lewis and Patrick Sauber
BERKELEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Freight and Salvage 
2020 Addison 
Berkeley, CA 
(510) 644-2020

SAT, MAY 21 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Max Schwartz and Tatiana Hargreaves!!!
STATE THEATRE
Auburn Place Performing Arts Center
985 Lincoln Way
Auburn, California 
(530) 885-0156

SUN, MAY 22
Bay Area Bluegrass History: panel discussion and songs in the round 
with Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, Butch Waller, Ray Edlund, and others
BERKELEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL 
Freight and Salvage 
2020 Addison 
Berkeley, CA 
(510) 644-2020

THU, JUNE 2
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
CENTER STAGE SANTA FE
505 Camino de Los Marquez
Santa Fe, NM

SAT, JUNE 4 
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
ALBUQUERQUE FOLK FESTIVAL 
Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113

See our full schedule here
THE HAZEL AND ALICE SESSIONS 

This just in! The review from Bluegrass Unlimited (the bluegrass world's print journal of note)

The Hazel and Alice Sessions
One of the go-to sources for bluegrass songs in recent decades has been Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. If you want great, heartfelt songs of determination, of earthy realism, of a quality that are solidly traditional but often thematically genre non-specific, you could not do better. Many have gone to their repertoire for just those reasons and that includes Laurie Lewis, a performer of similar musical qualities, who chooses to honor Hazel and Alice with a 14-song set.

The results are what you would expect from Lewis and her current lineup of the Right Hands (mandolinist Tom Rozum, banjoist Patrick Sauber, and bassist Andrew Conklin). In fact, it might be argued that these songs draw something extra from her performance (and vice versa).

Hazel's writing dominates here. She wrote five. The standouts include the slow, emotional song of memory and dying, "Won't You Come And Sing For Me?," her near standard status "You'll Get No More From Me," and the bluesy  "Working Girl Blues." Alice's writing contributes only two songs, but they include the album's most mesmerizing track, "Momma's Gonna Stay." A word-painting extraordinaire, we follow a mother coming down stairs for coffee and contemplation before her family gets up and the usual chaos follows. To leave or stay is her daily dilemma and Lewis puts this across perfectly.

Interspersed are covers of Bill Monroe's "I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling" sung by Rozum and the traditional numbers "Train On The Island," "Darling Nellie," and "Walking In My Sleep," the latter recalling the Uncle Earl version vocally, but here is given more bluegrass strength. Standout is only a reference. This is all good. (Spruce & Maple Music, P.O. Box 9417, Berkeley, CA 94709,www.spruceandmaplemusic.com.)BW

Want a copy? Order online at www.laurielewis.com. Available as a download or physical CD.

If you would rather send a check or money order, please make it payable to Spruce and Maple Musicand send it to PO Box 9417, Berkeley, CA 94709

RIVER TRIPS 2016

We still have a few openings for our river trips this year. Should be an excellent year, with more rain than we've seen in quite awhile. Tom Rozum and I have been rafting rivers and playing music under the stars for a long time, now, and we keep doing it because we love it. It's the best way to "unplug" from the industrialized world, get in touch with the natural one, and recharge your batteries with water, sun, and music. Please join us!

August 18-20 Three days on the mighty Tuolumne River, in Central California, with 
ARTA River Trips,
This has long been my favorite river experience, I think. It's so quintessentially California; the steep and rocky course creates a series of tiny oases in a sere, rough landscape. And it's easy to get to from the Bay Area! For information and reservations: 800-323-2782 www.arta.org
Laurie Lewis under water
Water you waiting for?

AND right on the heels of that trip, because we can't get enough:
August 23-27 Five days on the Rogue River in southern Oregon, with 
Northwest Rafting Company
The Rogue abounds with wildlife and lush scenery, and in August many great opportunities to swim.
For information and reservations: INFO@NWRAFTING.COM / 541-450-9855

The guides on both rivers are really top-notch: they are knowledgeable about their surroundings, excellent water-readers, fun-loving, generally gorgeous to look at-- and man, can they cook!
ME AND MY FIDDLE

I had the opportunity to sit down with the lovely and talented Brittany Haas a while ago, in the Peghead Nation studio, and they have just released one of the clips from that session, wherein I talk about my fiddle, what it is and how I got it. You might find it interesting. 

Here's the link

Laurie Lewis and Tom Size
Tom Size with the T Sisters (Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen) and Laurie, taking a break at Tomland
TOM SIZE UPDATE

As some of you may know, the relationship between a musician and a recording engineer and/or sound person is extremely important. This is the vital link between the performer and the ears of the listener, in most cases (unless you're on a river trip). Our good friend and great sound engineer, Tom Size, has been diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. He is unable to work while going through treatments, and with the new immunotherapy treatments, we have a lot of hope that he will be back to work soon. In the meantime, as a self-employed person, he needs financial help. If you have enjoyed the music of any of the following musicians (a small sampling of his clients), I am sure that you have heard Tom's work:

Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Tom Rozum, Barbara Higbie, Teresa Trull, Laurie Lewis, Diedre McCalla, Cris Williamson, Tony Furtado, Philip Aaberg, Aerosmith, Tommy Castro, Kathy Kallick, Todd Phillips, Psychograss, Joe Pass, the T Sisters, and on and on.

Y&T, the band with whom Tom has been touring as soundman, has set up a GoFundMe page for Tom. I encourage you to check it out and give what you can to help him heal.

Tom Size GoFundMe campaign
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