Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis News



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August, 2019
Laurie Lewis and Prewar Guitar
My new Pre-War Guitar Company guitar and me, Tilden Park, Berkeley
The August News
Laurie Lewis River Rafting
Dear Companions,

I have had a glorious July, with a beautiful three days spent on the Tuolumne River. I am happy to say that the trees are looking very happy this year, with all the snow and water, and the reservoirs are up to their brims, as full as I have ever seen them. The rivers are still running pretty high, which is so good to see. So far this summer, everything looks happy out there in the wilds.

Speaking of rivers, coming up on Sunday, August 18, I will be back at the Freight and Salvage for the third annual River of Song benefit. This year will feature Suzy, Eric and Allegra Thompson, Rita Hosking, and Evie Ladin. It's a really special event for me, as it is a benefit for Friends of the River and the Foothill Conservancy, two excellent organizations that strive to help protect our vital, life-giving waters out here in the Golden State. Please come out and support this most worthy cause, if you can. I guarantee the music will be inspiring.

I am about to fly to new York, where I will be teaching bluegrass fiddle for a week at Ashokan, a beautiful camp upstate, and then joining up with Michael Daves, Tatiana Hargreaves and Missy Raines for a couple of concerts. I am so looking forward to playing with these three powerhouses!
Molly Tuttle
After this brief flurry of activity, I will finally have time to devote myself to finishing up my new album. It's all duets, with some of my favorite and long-time musical cohorts, including Nina Gerber, Mike Marshall, Tatiana Hargreaves, Molly Tuttle, Craig Smith, Kathy Kallick, and Todd Phillips. I am getting excited about finally ushering these songs and tunes out into the world.

Here's a little shot of Molly Tuttle in the studio, recording one of our duets, a beautiful song written by Emily Mann.

Bill Monroe
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. Come celebrate with us!

I am still struggling to try and wean myself off of plastic. I can't believe how difficult this is! That stuff is everywhere! Any out-of-the-box suggestions, for a traveling musician trying to lessen her plastic/carbon footprint, are welcome.

Walk softly,
Laurie Lewis


Laurie Lewis, bluegrass fiddle instruction

Laurie Lewis, Michael Daves, Missy Raines, Tatiana Hargreaves
house concert, somewhere in New York...

Laurie Lewis, Michael Daves, Missy Raines, Tatiana Hargreaves
315 Columbia St., New York, New York 11231

Laurie Lewis and Friends
a benefit for the Lincoln Theater
CIA at Copia
500 First St, Napa, CA

SUN, AUG 18, 8 PM
Laurie Lewis, Thompsonia (Suzy, Eric, and Allegra Thompson), Rita Hosking Trio,
?Evie Ladin with Erik Pearson and Lisa Berman
River of Song, A Musical Celebration of California's Life-Giving Waters
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

SUN, SEP 8, 3-6 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Keith Little, Paul Knight
146 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA

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

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, 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
I will be teaching at two more, and very different, music camps this year. These camps are an excellent way to accelerate one's pace of learning, and to have lots of fun living the music life. Check them out!

I will be teaching bluegrass fiddle at
Olivebridge, NY
This camp will be hosting bluegrass week for the second year. I am excited about visiting this legendary camp, where so much incredible music has been made!

Harmony Vocals with Tom Rozum
Walker Creek Ranch
Marin County, CA
Above is a video of our recent appearance on Michael Jonathan's WoodSong's Old-Time Radio Hour. We had a great time, and enjoyed sharing the bill with Nefesh Mountain. This is the entire feed, complete with a bass sound snafu, and Michael putting me on the spot by asking me to play a waltz that I learned for my sister's wedding in 1972, but you can skip over that part if you like.