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Laurie Lewis and Della Mae
Della Mae and Laurie show off their tattoos

rosine, KY
Dogwood in bloom, Rosine, KY
Dear Companions,

I apologize for getting out this newsletter a little on the late-ish side this month. It just couldn't be helped! But better late than never. We have lots of appearances coming up this month, with a Vern & Ray tour in the Northwest, a benefit concert in Chico, and a couple of last-minute house concerts with special guest fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves. We're about to be really busy!

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Tennessee and Kentucky, admiring the last of the dogwood blossoms floating among the bright spring-green leaves of the deciduous forests. By happy accident, my travel companion, folklorist Dr. Dana Everts-Boehm, and I almost ran out of gas driving from theInternational Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY, back to Nashville. It was Sunday, and very quiet on the William Nacker Parkway, which cuts straight through the hills of western KY and doesn't intersect with any towns. With the low-fuel alarm light blinking on and off in the rental car, I took the only exit for miles around. The first gas station we came to was closed, but in another mile we found gas PLUS a sign pointing the way to Bill Monroe's boyhood home, only 6 miles down the road! Too close to pass it up. Of course, when we got there, the gate was shut and locked. Undeterred, we parked the car, hopped the barricades, and walked the mile up the winding road to the homestead. It's a beautiful setting, the trees alive with birdsong, and all else quiet and removed from 21st Century hustle and bustle. I felt truly blessed to have forgotten to gas up in Owensboro.

On the way home from Nashville, I stopped off at The Chapel in San Francisco to see my friends Della Mae (see photo above). They put on a great show, and I was invited to sit in on a couple of songs, and received a lovely temporary tattoo. Those gals are burning up the West Coast highways this month. If they come to your town, check them out. 

TURN OFF YOUR MIND, RELAX, AND FLOAT DOWNSTREAM
There is still room left on Tom Rozum's and my Rogue River trip this August 17 through 21! Read all about it here, and come join us!

FROM THE VAULTS:
WHAT'S IN YOUR CASE?
Lisa Jacobi featured me last year in her video blog for Artist2Artist. In this snippet, we explore the contents of my guitar case. I have since switched to medium gauge strings, just for the record.Check it out here

You also might be interested in the interview that Lisa did with me, at last year's Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City, MO. You can read all about it here.

VINTAGE VIDEO
And here's a little something to entertain the eyes, from Austin, TX, in 1992. Featuring Tom Rozum on mandolin
 and vocal, Sally Van Meter on dobro, Peter McLaughlin on guitar, Alan Munde on banjo and Cary Black on bass, with the song's composer Peter Rowan on guitar. There's a bit of static, but we look so young and beautiful that I couldn't resist sharing.
Dream of a Home
 
That's about it for this month's missive. Today, the high overcast is thick enough that we're actually having a teeny bit of precipitation. Not much, but I'll take it. More, please...

Now get out there and sing! 
~Laurie 
 
 
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UPCOMING APPEARANCES

FRI, MAY 87:30 PM
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
also: Rock Ridge
Benefit concert for Richard Wodrich
Chico Grange 
2775 Nord Avenue 
Chico, CA 95973 
Additional concert information: 
Call Marci 530-345-1744 or 530-518-1744

THU, MAY 14 
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
"Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray"
with Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Cary Black
The Old Parish Hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church
2116 Walnut Street
Bellingham, WA

FRI, MAY 15 
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
"Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray"
with Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Cary Black
Rogue Folk Club
Vancouver, BC, Canada

SAT, MAY 16 
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
"Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray"
with Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Cary Black
Phinney Neighborhood Center 
presented by the Seattle Folklore Society
Seattle, WA

SUN, MAY 17, 8 PM
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
"Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray"
with Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Cary Black
Alberta Rose Theatre
Portland, OR
Info: 503 975 6624

TUE, MAY 19, 6 PM
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Tumalo House Concert
Bend, OR 
Info and reservations: (541) 306-0797 or musicmag@yahoo.com

WED, MAY 207:30 PM
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
The Mountain House
1148 Old Siskiyou Hwy
Ashland, OR
Info and reservations: (541) 552-1665

FRI, MAY 29, 7:30 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Simon Chrisman and guest fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves
Folsom Opry House
Folsom, CA
Info and reservations: (916) 990-0719

SAT, MAY 30, 8 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Simon Chrisman and guest fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves
Oakland House Concert
Oakland, CA
Info and reservations: houseconcert@att.net

SUN, MAY 31
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Simon Chrisman and guest fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves
Redwood Mountain Faire
Roaring Camp, CA

MON, JUN 1
Laurie Lewis solo 
Songwriting Showcase 
Armando's 
707 Marina Vista Ave
Martinez, CA 
(925) 228-6985
THE ROAD WINDS ON UP THE HILL
 Exploring Bill Monroe's boyhood home was a special treat. Here are a few photos of the home and the area. The little house looked pretty nice and comfy, until I realized that there were eight children in the family. It must have been nearly wall-to-wall beds in there! 

I couldn't help singing "On my Way Back to the Old Home," as we walked up the road: 
"I'm on my way back to the old home/ the road winds on up the hill/ but there's no light in the window/ that shined long ago where I lived"

Bill Monroe's homeBill Monroe's homestead
I imagine this pot might have been Malissa Monroe's washing machine.
The Old Home

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
Please help the earthquake victims in Nepal, if you can. You will find a list of aid organizations and ratings here.

I chose Action Against Hunger.
Thank you for your generosity!