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September, 2019
The first bluegrass Girl, Sally Ann Forrester, with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys
The first bluegrass Girl, Sally Ann Forrester, with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys
Dipsea Trail
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Dear Companions,

It has been a good summer, overall, for me. Short on band performances, but more than making up for that with time to whittle away one my new recording project and walk in the hills of Northern California, shopping at our amazing farmers' markets, and doing all kinds of interesting one-off musical collaborations.

Here's a view from the famous Dipsea Trail, from a week or so ago. This trail leads from the dark, cool dampness of Muir Woods National Monument up and over a shoulder of Mt Tamalpais to Stinson Beach (pictured here, with Bolinas Lagoon and the Bolinas headlands in the distance).
Saturday farmers' market here in Berkeley
And here's a shot of our Saturday farmers' market here in Berkeley.
As the 13th century Persian poet, Muslihuddin Sadi, wrote:

‘If, of thy mortal goods, thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store
two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one & from the dole,
Buy hyacinths to feed the soul.’

I find the blossoms difficult to pass by. Right now, last Tuesday's sunflowers on my kitchen table are looking a little rough, but tomorrow is another market!
This September 13, Bill Monroe's birthday, we will be celebrating at the Freight and Salvage by focusing on the eight sides recorded while accordionist Sally Ann Forrester was a member of his band, The Blue Grass Boys.I have always loved these particular recordings, and can hardly wait to re-enact them onstage, with Elise Leavy playing the part of Sally Ann. I am even thinking of baking Bill's favorite cake, an apple stack cake. Also featured that evening will be Tom Bekeny (the Kathy Kallick Band) and Butch Waller (High Country) on mandolins, and Chad Manning (the David Grisman Sextet, and Bluegrass Experience) on fiddle, along with Patrick Sauber on banjo, Brandon Godman on fiddle, and Joshua Zucker on bass.

This is one of my favorite outings of the year, as we get to wallow in Monroe's extensive repertoire of songs and tunes. Come celebrate with us!

Walk softly,
Laurie Lewis
Laurie Lewis and Patrick Sauber

SUN, SEP 8, 3-6 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Keith Little, and our young guitar-slinging' country-singin' friend, Luke "Nandi" Forrest
146 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA

FRI, SEP 13, 8 PM
Laurie Lewis, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Elise Leavy, Joshua Zucker, Tom Bekeny, Butch Waller, and Chad Manning
Freight and Salvage 
2020 Addison St 
Berkeley, CA 
This year, we will be honoring the contribution of Blue Grass Girl Sally Ann Forrester!

photo: Laurie and Patrick from the first annual Monroe Birthday bash!

WED, THU, SEP 25 and 26
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands will be at the International Bluegrass Music Association's
World of Bluegrass, in Raleigh, NC. Here's our schedule:
WED, Sep 25
10:00 AM Songwriting Mentoring Session, with Laurie
2:30 PM Song Critique Session, with Laurie, Stephen Mougin, and Mark Simos
10:00 PM Songwriters in the Round, with Laurie, Becky Buller, and Irene Kelley
WED/THU 1:00 AM Right Hands showcase, Quicksilver Productions suite
THU, Sep 26
3:00 PM Bluegrass Country Live with Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Laurie and Sam Bush will be teaming up to present awards at the IBMA Awards Show!
1:00 AM Right Hands showcase, California Bluegrass Association suite

FRI, SEP 27, 8 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Hasee Ciaccio
Shout and Shine: a Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass
Dance Stage
World of Bluegrass
Raleigh, NC

SAT, SEP 28, 11:00 AM
"Stealing Fire" From First Generation Songwriters, with Laurie, Mark Simos, and Joe Newberry
Raleigh Convention Center

SAT, SEP 28, 5 PM
You Gave Me a Song: a celebration of the music of Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
Red Hat Amphitheater
Raleigh, NC

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Hasee Ciaccio
Banjo Stage, 12:30 PM

Alice Gerrard, with Laurie Lewis, Chad Manning, Evie Ladin, and Sharon Gilchrist
Mill Valley, CA
in conjunction with Alice Gerrard: You Gave Me a Song documentary film
Mill Valley Film Festival

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
94 Railroad Street
Winnemucca, NV 89445

SAT, OCT 19, 8:00 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
and, at 3:00 PM, FREE; a conversation with Laurie and band
151 East Park St.
Fallon, NV

NOV 1-4
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum: harmony vocals, hula-hooping and more
Walker Creek Ranch
Marin County, CA
This is our last music camp of the year, and it is shaping up to be a great one. Tom and I will be teaching harmony vocals, and I hear there will even be a workshop on hula-hooping while playing music, with a reunion of some of the Round-Town Gals!

Harmony Vocals with Tom Rozum
Walker Creek Ranch
Marin County, CA
Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music
PBS just aired a two-hour documentary about bluegrass music, and I'm happy to say that I appear occasionally as one of the talking heads. It's an interesting show, but there is too much to cover in too little time, and too little music for my taste. Nonetheless, I recommend it. And you can stream it FREE in its entirety right here:

Can you see my signature on that guitar?
(hint: it's illegible, which might be hereditary. My dad was a doctor)