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Laurie Lewis on the Bonneville Salt Flats
On the Bonneville Salt Flats, western Utah

Dear Companions, 

These days, I seem to be eating dinner in the fading daylight at about 9:00 PM, and waking with the sun at 5:30 AM. I love these long, light-filled days, with the birds singing and the farmers' markets exploding with ripe stone fruits of all sorts. These things remind me of the goodness of Life, even as we experience terrible atrocities taking place all around us. I need to cling to the positive to keep battling the negative. And one positive thing is MUSIC, made by hand among friends.

I am quite happy to say that my song, Swept Away, made it to the second round of voting in the International Bluegrass Music Association's nominees for both Song of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year, for Missy Raines' version with the First Ladies of Bluegrass. The voting is closed for round 2 now, and we just have to wait and keep our fingers crossed that it makes it to the next round (I was also on the long list for Female Vocalist of the Year, but I figure that's really a long-shot, with no new recording out this year).

Following our River of Song benefit in Fresno earlier in June, a contingent of hardy souls hiked down to the San Joaquin River Gorge with what we thought was a huge banner, for a photo op. But it ended up looking a little like Stonehenge in the movie "Spinal Tap"-a teeny-tiny piece of a sheet dwarfed by the Gorge. We managed to get a good swim in, before the hike back out! 
San Joaquin River Protect
The banner reads "Protect the San Joaquin"

Tom Rozum and I drove out to Midway, UT, to the Wasatch Mountain Music Festival, where we were reunited with Right Hands alumnus emeritus Scott Huffman, and were treated to the music of Claire Lynch and the T Sisters, among other fine bands. It was a beautiful site and a very fun hang with our friends, but the best-kept secret in town. That means there is lots of room to grow. The loooong drive through the Great Basin was gorgeous, with surprising late-season rain all across Nevada, resulting in the greenest desert I have ever seen.
Dirving through the Great Basin
The windshield wipers kept time with our dashboard ukulele wahine.

Last weekend, I intended to march with the Bluegrass Pride contingent in the huge San Francisco Pride Parade, but at the last minute, I was persuaded to ride on the float. I didn't realize when I accepted that it meant I would feel compelled to dance for the entire duration of the parade, to the music of Della Mae. It was an epic day, culminating with a joyous jam at the California Bluegrass Association after-party. And I slept very soundly that night.
San Francisco Pride Parade with Della Mae
photo by Darby Brandli

Finally, Hills to Hollers is "fresh" off the road from the Kate Wolf Music Festival (and 100-degree heat for days) and excited to be playing this coming Thursday, July 5, at the Freight and Salvage. This combo, with National Treasure Linda Tillery on percussion and vocals and everyone's favorite Barbara Higbie, is really sounding great these days. Come see us.

It is clear that we can't be complacent about anything these days. Every hard-won battle for equality and environmental justice must be fought again by every generation. While it may be true, as Martin Luther King said,  that the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, we need to remember what Bruce Springsteen said: "...that arc doesn't bend on its own. It needs all of us leaning on it, nudging it in the right direction day after day."

Let's keep leaning!
Laurie Lewis


THU, JUL 5  
Hills to Hollers Reunion:
Laurie Lewis, Barbara Higbie and Linda Tillery, with bassist Joshua Zucker  
2020 Addison 
Berkeley, CA 

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site
Bishop, CA

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
13383 Sierra Way
Kernville, CA 93238
Call 760-223-1979 or
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
The Palms Playhouse
13 Main Street  
Winters, CA 95694

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Santa Cruz House Concert
Santa Cruz, CA 

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
1801 East Cotati Avenue  
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 

TUE-THU, JUL 24-26
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum 
Bluegrass on the Tuolumne 
Contact ARTA River Trips

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands  
Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival
Campton, NH 03223

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Riverlink Concert 
Riverlink Park 
1 Front St. 
Amsterdam, NY 12010   

Come and join Tom Rozum and me as we spend five nights and six days on the
Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho this summer. The Middle Fork is considered the "Champagne of Whitewater Rafting." Noted for its generally crystal-clear waters, abundant wildlife sightings, hot springs, fishing opportunities, and excellent campsites, this six-day, five-night trip is not to be missed. If you have been contemplating joining us on a trip for years, this is the one! If you have been on our trips in the past, we welcome you back.

August 20-25, 2018
Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Click below for details 
and reservations:
The Tuolumne River!
July 24-26
Click here for information 
Tom and I have been rafting the mighty "T" for at least 25 years, seeing it through drought and flood. I would hate to miss a single year! 
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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

Dancing in the SKY
Laurie Lewis/Spruce and Maple Music
 510.548-3021  PO Box 9417, Berkeley, CA  94709

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