Laurie Lewis

Laurie's Bio

 

 

Peers Sing Laurie Lewis Praises

 

"... Then there was a perfectly luminous set by Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands. I confess that, while Iíve played Laurieís music for many years, I have perhaps taken it for granted. Maybe itís that the records donít quite do her justice. Thereís something about a live performance, even from the middle of the auditorium, that can bring an artist into focus. It just seemed to be a special moment. I saw Jim Rooney after Laurieís set, and he clearly felt it, too: 'That alone was worth the price of admission,' he said; there might have been a tear in his eye."
- Lynn Joiner, Hillbilly at Harvard report on the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, 2/2015

 

"I heard Laurie sing last night, first time in twenty years Singing songs she had written, near brought me to tears She sang straight to the heart like all great singers do- She knows that when you sing a song, some way you've got to mean it, too."

- David Bromberg

from "You Have To Mean It, Too"

 

"I first knew Laurie by her considerable reputation as a fiddle player and a writer of songs. When an opportunity came along to sing with her I seized it. Getting to know her as a singer and a person has been pure pleasure. Her voice is a rare combination of grit and grace, strength and delicacy. Her stories are always true."

- Linda Ronstadt

 

"Laurie Lewis' songs combine passion and sheer craft in a way you don't hear very often. Whatever country music is supposed to be, she's at the center of it."

- Utah Phillips

 

"She is newgrass in the truest sense of the word, in that she uses bluegrass instruments to create new original music: it's music for now, Laurie is very genderless to me. I know that's not the right way to put it, but I just think of her as an artist: a great singer, terrific fiddle player, fine songwriter, and one very good band leader. As a fiddler, she could be from the 1940s or from 2010; it's timeless, As a singer, she knows the rules of bluegrass and how to sing in her own voice. She's probably one of the few female singers who really knows the nuances of the Ralph Stanley vocal style."

- Sam Bush

 

"Laurie Lewis' true songs make this planet a better place. They help us grab what's important in our lives. Over the years her original voice has consistently carried the torch of tradition, beautifully updating it with a rare care and responsibility."

- Tim O'Brien

 

"I am happy to count myself one of your admirers. Haven of Mercy touches me right to the quick."

- Wendell Berry

from a letter to Laurie

 

"It's possible to be a strong female presence in the Bluegrass music world, but you have to be really strong. Laurie is one of the greatest Bluegrass artists, woman or man, because of her consistency over decades, the depth and width of her subject matter, her commitment to the Bluegrass form, and her technical command. Oh yes, and her strength. Laurie's strength manifests in many ways: her commanding presence on stage combined with an emotional vulnerability, the truths in her lyrics, her physical voice which transcends gender, her strong commitment to causes and issues in which she deeply believes, which all resonate with a respect for the land, the natural world, and human mercy and justice."

- Darol Anger