Laurie Lewis

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Laurie Lewis and Friends at the Freight and Salvage
Bill Monroe's Birthday Celebration, September 13, 2019
L-R: Chad Manning, Brandon Godman, Sharon Gilchrist, Joshua Zucker, Laurie Lewis, Tom Bekeny, Patrick Sauber, Elise Leavy, Butch Waller
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Dear Companions,

I had such a good night's sleep last night, with the windows open and cold air against my face as I snuggled down into the blankets. I love the cold nights! Welcome, October!

Last week was the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual convention, trade show, and awards show in raleigh, NC. I flew out Monday and back home the following Sunday, and almost didn't stop moving in between. That may have some bearing on why I slept so well last night. Aside from various showcases with the band and songwriting sessions and seminars, I inducted the Kentucky Colonels into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. This was a great honor for me, as I am a big Colonels fan. My induction speech is available to read here.
Laurie Lewis at the IBMA
A highlight was getting a chance to sing with Alice Gerrard at Wide Open Bluegrass, at the Red Hat Amphitheater. The giant Jumbotron TV behind us was kind-of scary. Here's what we looked like. Left to right: Tatiana Hargreaves, Alice Gerrard, Jon Weissberger, Laurie, Marcy Marxer, Justin Hiltner. Seated far left is Eliza Meyer.

The Sierra has gotten its first dusting of snow already, and I am sure the aspen are ablaze with golden light up there. Maybe we will get a chance to see some on our way to Nevada in a couple of weeks!
Get out there and sing,

SAT, OCT 5,12:30 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Hasee Ciaccio
Banjo Stage

THU, OCT 10, 8:00 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

SUN, NOV 10, 3;00-6:00 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Paul Knight, Keith Little
146 Kentucky St.
Petaluma, CA

SAT, NOV 30, 8:00 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA
Bluegrass Signal
Peter Thompson's Bluegrass Signal radio show, on KALW in san Francisco, featured a special show on my birthday, September 28. Co-hosts Leah Wollenberg and Allegra Thompson played music from 40 years-worth of my recorded repertoire. Needless to say, I felt tremendously gratified. The show is available to stream online until October 5. Just go to, and select "Bluegrass Signal" from the pull-down menu under "Music & Arts." There are some old gems, and a preview of my upcoming album.

Peter has also put together a great California Bluegrass and Old-Time Music calendar for 2020, which is available right here. I highly recommend it, for the photos, the music event information, and historic moments in California's bluegrass history. The fee goes to support listener-sponsored public radio, KALW. You need one of these!
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 recently 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)