Skippin' and Flyin'SMM 2006
Laurie Lewis' new CD, SKIPPIN' AND FLYIN', is a personal tribute to the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and mixes songs from the bluegrass repertoire and contemporary writers and Lewis' originals. In turns lively, exciting, deep and heartfelt, the songs feature Lewis' expressive vocals and instrumentation by GRAMMY Award-winning bassist Todd Phillips, the legendary Craig Smith on banjo, and mandolinist/vocalist Tom Rozum. Linda Ronstadt is among the special guests.
"Bill Monroe was not a follower of styles but steadfastly played his singular music through the good times and the tough, inspiring me with his example to be free to explore my own musical path. Performed with a 'traditional' bluegrass band (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass), all of the harmony singing stems directly from the school of Bill Monroe. This collection is an installment on those student loans and a warm thank-you to Big Mon." - Laurie Lewis (from the CD liner notes)
Old Ten Broeck * What's Good For You * The Pharaoh's Daughter * Hartfordtown 1944 * Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues * I Don't Care Anymore * A Lonesome Road * Dreams * American Chestnuts * Carter's Blues * Fair Beauty Bright * Blue Moon of Kentucky * I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow * Going Away