Aside from production work on her own recordings, Laurie Lewis has produced the following recordings. She says, "It is my goal to help the artist realize his or her vision, to help guide and capture great performances, and make what can be a daunting and difficult task as easy as possible, so that the art itself can flow." Contact email@example.com for more information.
Wendy's music is a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of folk, old time, country, bluegrass and blues. "Open Wings" features Wendy's deft angelic voice, spiritually touching original material and a panoply of incredible Grammy nominated and Grammy winning musicians, among them Todd Phillips, Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, John Schott, Chad Manning, and producer Laurie Lewis.
"Open Wings offers a mix of original and cover tracks that keeps the listener engaged from first song to last. ........ >>More
A collection of stellar Americana and bluegrass songs from former Grisman guitarist David Thom, of the David Thom Band.
"That Old Familiar" is a solo CD from California acoustic artist, David Thom. David teamed up with Grammy-winner Laurie Lewis (producer) to record this CD between May and August of 2011. The CD ranges from driving bluegrass to tender country ballads, and features some of California's most talented players on today's acoustic scene. Mike Witcher (Peter Rowan Band), Chad Manning (David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands), Patrick Sauber (banjo, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands), Paul Shelasky (Lost Highway, David Thom Band), Tom Rozum (Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands), banjo master Bill Evans, and Laurie herself, to name a few. The CD features songs from lesser known writers like Dave Alvin and Emma Smith, original songs from David, classic bluegrass and even a cover of the classic "Lucille" of Kenny Rogers fame. A wonderful mosaic of Americana and bluegrass that flows together like it's one long, sweet song. ......... >>More
"A stellar cast of local musicians, including members of the Jaybirds, joins Nell on the album. Laurie Lewis and Jim Nunally produced the songs on the album, and their careful blend of musicians and songs gives each song its own special setting. "In My Dear Old Southern Home" is an old Jimmie Rodgers song, and the image of an old home cabin is graced with a yodeling duet from Laurie and Nell. Nell and Keith Little blend their voices in "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again," and John Reischman's mandolin, Nick Hornbuckle's banjo and Greg Spatz's fiddle just invite a nostalgic sing-a-long. Southern hospitality would dictate that any visitor would be treated to the best in the house, and Nell's songs have a love of life and a joy of discovery that will make you pull up a rocker and rest a spell".
~ Reviewed by Brenda Hough, Bluegrass Breakdown, California Bluegrass Association, November 2009 ........ >>More
"With the perfect timing of a master storyteller, Bierl holds this listener engrossed every time I hear [Phantom 309]; even though I've heard the story so many times before.
. . . [a] completely enjoyable album. . ."
"No one knows how to weave you into a song quite like Ray Bierl. the music on this record is down home elegant. You can hear the highway in his voice. From road dust to Stardust and every town in between."
"This is currently my favorite album. Ray Bierl has always been my
live performer, but I haven't heard him for many years. This is his
real solo album. The song selection and the recording and performing are
all amazing. No one will ever perform Big Joe and Phantom 309 as good as
Ray. Also, I heard new great lyrics in the song that weren't in it when
Tom Waits and I learned the song from Ray many years ago. I cannot say
enough about how great this record is and what a treasure to all of
American music Ray Bierl is. The best version I ever heart of "The Old
Chisolm Trail" is on this record. I remember Ray saying that he thought
all those folk songs he learned in elementary school were silly. Then he
said he later realized it was the school that was silly, but the songs
themselves were actually great. Please make another album soon!"
"On "Green Kentucky Blues," Glaze is backed up by the best of West Coast bluegrass musicians. The album is thoughtfully produced by Laurie Lewis, who brought in fellow pickers Tom Rozum, Herb Pedersen, Mike Witcher, Dennis Caplinger, Rick Cunha, Tom Sauber, Patrick Sauber, Bill Bryson, and Rob Carlson. Glaze has found a love for the original compositions of Jean Ritchie. Three are featured here, including "West Virginia Mine Disaster" and "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore." There are seven songs penned by Rob Carlson, including three cowritten with Laurie Lewis that includes the title cut and "I Only Dream Of You," a wonderful duet sung by Glaze and Rick Cunha."
"Susie Glaze's voice at once is sweet and tough. Laurie Lewis' sure production guarantees authenticity and strong performance...On a singer's album like this the songs are key...Smart selections. Strong lilting album."
"If you also know that bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis sat on the buttons during the recording, it needs no further argument that this is a prize cow face."
"Lonely, broken hearts mix nicely with timeless messages about home, courage, and optimism. Leah Larson has a lot of soul and creativity, and she associates herself with talented musicians who share her insight and spirit.
~ Joe Ross
"Just when I lose faith in the purity of the human voice and the beauty of acoustic instruments recorded realistically, along comes a wonderful record like Long Journey by Leah Larson. She and co-producer Laurie Lewis have fused mountain music with contemporary and classic tunes."
|"You go girl! This CD mixes the perfect combination of solid music, great singing, energy and conviction. While McCalla's lyrics keep their edge, the production is more rounded and polished than her previous releases... McCalla is no newcomer to the music scene, which makes Playing for Keeps an even more exhilarating example of her talent. I advise keeping it for playing."
~ R Warr, Sing Out!, 2004 ........ >>More
|"This posthumously released CD was partially completed when Charles died of leukemia in 1999. His best friend, Laurie Lewis, finished up the project and brought along many of the top names in bluegrass and old-time music, including David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, Norman Blake, Michael Doucet and Flaco Jimenez. And they honor their fallen comrade with inspired performances on, not just bluegrass but old-time, Cajun, even Tex-Mex music. More than an artifact of his interests, this CD shows Sawtelle to be a true and vital contemporary acoustic music artist who, with great respect for tradition, created adventurous, thoroughly enjoyable music. I was touched by the affectionate comments in the liner notes by his peers about Charles as a person and about his dedication and integrity as a musician. And it shows. This is just a damn fine CD. Released Feb. '01."
~ Reviewed by Kevin Russell ........... >>More
"Steve Edmunds' collection of self-penned songs, Lonesome on the Ground, makes me wish I was in California... warm and easy feeling, making music with good friends. (I think people who say unkind things about California are mad, because they're cold.) Steve's album was produced by Laurie Lewis, who also accompanies him, along with a can't be beat bunch, including Nina Gerber on guitar, Barbara Higbie at the piano, Tom Rozum on mandolin, and a cast of sterling supporting players. Steve explores love, loss, alienation, and longing, singing with style and grace. (My particular favorite is "Rockabye Moon," a kind of lullaby that reminds us of how we need fathers to sing to their children.) Sit and listen, and wherever you are, you'll be transported to a warm summer night, sitting around a campfire, drinking good wine with friends, and rocking gently to a Western tune."
"Stepping out as a bandleader for the first time, Tom Rozum has produced one of the better surprises of the year with Jubilee. Although best-known for his mandolin and guitar work with Laurie Lewis & Grant Street, here his talent shines with an all-star supporting cast and a tasteful collection of songs and styles. Leading off with a smooth bluegrass take on Don Helms' (Hank Williams' steel player) "Don't Fix Up the Doghouse" and following with a decidedly offbeat version of Merle Haggard's "One Sweet Hello" that recalls Uncle Walt's Band at its most tropical, Rozum sets up the listener for just about anything and then gladly follows through. Aided by Lewis, Herb Pedersen, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall and a host of today's top pickers, he chooses rather obscure material from the likes of the Louvin Brothers ("Love Is a Lonely Street"), Bill Monroe ("On the Old Kentucky Shore"), Ralph Stanley ("Sweet Sally Brown"), Irving Berlin ("Without My Walking Stick") and David Olney ("Walk Downtown"), giving each his own spin, yet with an understated amount of polish and just a hint of good humor".
~ Jim Caligiuri, No Depression #18, Nov/Dec '98........... >>More
"McLaughlin's credentials include winning the National Flatpicking Guitar Championships and playing with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street since 1991, but his flatpicking prowess hasn't yet received much attention. That should change with this record, a strong solo effort produced by Lewis with contributions from Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Tom Rozum, McLaughlin's brother David, and other top players. McLaughlin's flatpicking is tasteful, clean, and melodic, and the disc includes a great version of "Cotton Patch Rag." McLaughlin is also a talented composer; his instrumentals "Augusta Ridge" and "Picking Peppers" could easily become campfire standards."
"Some listeners give a CD a quick thumbs down if it doesn't grab them immediately. Here's a cure: stop, smell the roses, give Erica Wheeler's The Harvest your complete attention. The more I listen, the more I find the album studded with poetic gems. With some lyrically-oriented singer-songwriters, the poetry is puzzling and frustrating. Erica's new material, in contrast, is as clear is it's poetic and precise.
Produced and arranged by bluegrass queen Laurie Lewis, this CD features a noteworthy cast of musicians behind Erica's vocals and guitar, from the rousing fiddle of Darol Anger on Spirit Lake to the melancholic cello of Mark Summer on Autumn.
A mixture of lyrical beauty and emotional honesty, with a sampling of styles, from mellow and acoustic to hot bluegrass, make The Harvest an album you'll listen to again and again."
"Thanks to better distribution and her own continued artistic growth, The Harvest proved to be Erica Wheeler's breakthrough to a wider national audience."
"Erica Wheeler delivers the goods on The Harvest and she deserves to be compared to her talented folk contemporaries even as she is being declared an original voice for her generation."
|"No Hurry is a veritable smorgasbord of what can be done with six strings and a flatpick. Equal parts tradition and original tunes, this all-instrumental recording combines influences as far reaching as old-time fiddle music, bluegrass, swing and bebop into an intriguing, infectious mix."
~ Acoustic Guitar ........ >>More