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Every month or so we email a newsletter to our fan base/mailing list with news and to give a perspective from traveling musicians. The archieved newsletters are available from the drop-down menu.

Cowboys at Jordan Valley Rodeo
A scene at the Jordan Valley, OR, rodeo. I had one of the best cappuccinos I have 
EVER had at Rockhouse Coffee, there in town!

Dear Companions, 

August was a noteworthy month. We started off with a rare trip to NH, where the Right Hands played at the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival with our old pal Steve Roy, and were treated to an amazing lobster feast in the campground. And Kathy Kallick and I were reunited to perform a set of the music of Vern and Ray. Such fun!

Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival
Steve Roy, Brandon Godman, and Patrick Sauber with some of New Hampshire's finest bugs.

In mid-August, I drove to Ashland, OR, to meet up with Tom Rozum and drive to Stanley, ID, for our river trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. He was finishing up the last of his string of Tommy and the Rozumatics concerts that night. Brittany Haas, Tristan Clarridge and Simon Chrisman (the Rozumatics) played brilliantly, for a sold-out crowd. From there, we struck out across OR, dipped into northern NV, and back through eastern OR to ID. The combined smoke from the fires in northern CA, OR, and BC was menacing and oppressive most of the way, finally lightening up as we approached Boise, ID. We decided to explore the hot springs near Danio Junction, NV, because there appeared to be blue sky there on the Oregon Smoke Map. Not so! And the horse flies were out in force and demanding their pound of flesh from anyone who dared soak in their springs. I waded up to my knees in the luscious waters before I hightailed it back to the van, swatting as I ran. I'm thinking that maybe there is a better time of year to go there... 

From Danio (pronounced Duh-NIGH-oh), we headed north back into OR, and turned right onto a dirt road that ran through miles and miles of chalky dust over to Highway 97. By the time we arrived in Boise, the van looked like a ghost.

We took three days to drive to Stanley, ID, six days to navigate the river, and two more days to drive back to Berkeley. I got home tired and happy, replenished by the barrage of negative ions above the rushing waters. Then we celebrated our 22nd main stage performance at the Strawberry Music Festival on the last day of August. At the Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival in Ferndale, WA, we did a workshop on song arranging, and I took the opportunity to introduce a new song, Texas Wind, to the band. We performed it onstage later that day, and people were already asking which recording it was on. That's a good sign!

I am very happy to announce that my song, Swept Away, made the final ballot for "Song of the Year" for the International Bluegrass Music Association, and is the vehicle for the First Ladies of Bluegrass' nomination for "Recorded Event of the Year." The awards show is Thursday, September 27. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Lean into it, whatever it is,
Laurie Lewis

Barn near Lakeview OR
Tom and I took a wrong turn and added 1.5 hours to our trip, but to make up for it we saw this amazing barn on Hwy 395 south of Lakeview, OR.


FRI, SEP 7, 8:00 PM
Hills to Hollers (Linda Tillery, Barbara Higbie and Laurie Lewis)
Linda Tillery's 70th Birthday Extravaganza
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

SUN, SEP 9, 1:00 PM (doors open at 12:00 PM)

Laurie Lewis with Leah Wollenberg and Daisy Kerr
Carter Family Sing-Along
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison
Berkeley, CA
FREE! Pre-registration requested: RSVP

SUN, SEP 16, 3:00-6:00 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman and Paul Knight
Jamison's Roaring Donkey
146 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA

FRI, SEP 21, 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Hasee Ciaccio
Millpond Music Festival
Millpond County Park
Bishop, CA

SAT, SEP 22, 8:00 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Hasee Ciaccio
Alva's Showroom
1417 W 8th St.  
San Pedro, CA 90732

SUN, SEP 23, 7:00 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Hasee Ciaccio
Four Friends Gallery
1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Suite 111
Thousand Oaks, CA

FRI, SEP 28, 6:30 PM
Laurie Lewis 
with Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves and Hasee Ciaccio
Sails Original Music Series
Sails on the Square
Hickory, NC

SAT, SEP 29, 3:00 PM
Laurie Lewis and Friends
Wide-Open Bluegrass
Red Hat Amphitheater
Raleigh, NC

SAT, OCT 6, 12:30 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Andrew Conklin
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

THU, OCT 11, 7:30 PM
Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber
Quinlan Cafe
Swallow Hill
71 East Yale Avenue 
Denver, CO 80210

Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber
Western Jubilee Warehouse
Colorado Springs, CO 
RSVP needed. Call (719) 635-7776

SAT, OCT 13, 8:00 PM
Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber
High Street Concert Series
Rogers Hall
400 High St
Lyons, CO

Carr Fire
The Carr Fire, seen from Lake Shasta, August 16. It's still burning, though 100% contained now.
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands are represented by

Interested in tracking us down to play for you? Please inquire through Quicksilver.
East of the Mississippi, contact Martha Dantzic, (202) 669-3818 cell
West of the Mississippi, contact Rob Miller, (970) 260-6493

Middle Fork of Salmon
The River of No Return, Middle Fork of the Salmon, Frank Church Wilderness, Idaho  
Laurie Lewis/Spruce and Maple Music
 510.548-3021  PO Box 9417, Berkeley, CA  94709

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