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Grant Gordy on Mt Tamalpais, on the Mr Sun outing
Easter morning in Berkeley, and on waking I am met with rain! Rebirth is everywhere we look. Tender green shoots sprout from barren twigs, and poison oak is bursting forth. I much prefer it when you can actually see the leaves and thus avoid them. Sometimes getting scratched by an innocuous-looking stick can yield a nasty welt. Our travels in March took us from the Mexican to the Oregon borders, from the ocean to the mountains and points in between. San Diego and the Del Mar beach were gorgeous, and it has been a real pleasure traveling through Northern CA and Southern OR playing and singing the songs of Vern & Ray to very enthusiastic audiences.
The weather is amazing, dry air that is comfortingly warm in the sun and positively nippy in the shade. Traveling past Mt. Shasta, we were thrilled to see it white with snow, making us feel a little more optimistic about the drought. But though it looks promising, it is a very thin snowpack and probably gone within a week of hotter weather. It's going to be a very long, hot summer out here!
A couple of weeks ago, Darol Anger and his band, Mr Sun, were in town. We got a chance to visit, eat great food together, and make a pilgrimage to Mt Tamalpais (see top photo). What a great band!
SNOW DAY MAKE-UP
Tom and I will be playing at Del Rossi's in New Hampshire on April 19, to make up for the date cancelled by snow in February. If you're within shouting distance, come on down and give a holler!
FROM THE VAULTS:
MULLET AND GIRL GOUP
Here's a video you might enjoy, all about springtime way out west. Recorded in Austin, TX, in 1994, I think. It features Sally Van Meter (dobro), Tom Rozum (mandolin), Alan Munde (banjo), Peter McLaughlin (guitar) and Cary Black (bass).
Laurie Lewis-When The Cactus Is In Bloom
ON THE RIVER
There is still space available for Tom Rozum's and my musical rafting trip down the beautiful Rogue River in southern Oregon. It's a 5-day trip, launching on August 13. You are all invited to join us for swimming, eating, hiking, singing, playing, yoga, splashing and wildlife viewing.
FRI, APR 10 Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Chad Manning and Max Schwartz AlsoRichard Brandenberg Pt Richmond Acoustic music Pt Richmond, CA
SAT-TUES, APR 11-14
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
Big Sur Fiddle Camp
Rancho Rico Big Sur, CA
SUN, APR 12, 7 PM 8th Annual Big Sur Fiddle Camp Concert! Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum AlsoCaleb Klauder & Reeb Willms, Sean Watkins, Mike Witcher, The Bee Eaters, John Herrmann, Dave Cory, Jordan Tice,
Nat Smith, David Grier & Scott Nygaard, and many special guests
Chappellet Studios, Rancho Rico Big Sur, CA
info: 831 293-4619 click here for tickets
FRI-SUN, APR 17-19 Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum Mandolin Camp North
SUN, APR 19, 6 PM Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum Del Rossi's Trattoria
73 Brush Brook Rd (Rte 137) Dublin, NH
reservations: 603 563-7195
FRI, MAY 1, 6:30 PM Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands: Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Chad Manning and Max Schwartz Pickin' on the Potomac
Jack London Square Oakland, CA
510-627-1215 for tickets and information
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and I stopped at the overlook to the Klamath River, along Hwy 101 in Northern CA
, on our way from Ashland, OR, to Arcata. Thanks to Chris Ursich for suggesting we take this scenic side-trip up the hillside. We watched the eagles glide in the updrafts and got a few breaths of fresh air before we jumped back in the car.
And this week, I made a trip up to the Sierra to record a spoken-word snippet for a new song (more on that later), and stopped at the Mokelumne River for a walkabout. Here's the view from just above the Hwy 26 bridge. People were actually swimming! I thought it still a bit too exhilarating for my liking.