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Laurie Lewis in Canada
Stuck in a puddle, Lethbridge, AB, Canada                           photo by Greg Spatz

Dear Companions, 

I am once again blown away by the fecundity of the plant life here in Berkeley. It's amazing what a little rain will do! As a kid, I always thought that the saying, "April showers bring May flowers," was wrong, and it should be "March showers bring April flowers." It doesn't roll off the tongue as smoothly, but for northern Californians, it's certainly more apropos. We probably won't see rain again here until the Fall. 

Green hills
Blue sky
White clouds
drift by-
Spring is strong and fleeting 
on the east Pacific shore

We thoroughly enjoyed concerts in the Midwest and in Alberta, Canada. Spring was looking as if it might just come soon to Wisconsin, but it was definitely a ways off up in Alberta. In Lethbridge, we got stuck in a really deep puddle of icewater surrounded by ice. Couldn't move forward, couldn't move back, and the water was nearly to the tops of my boots. With a little teamwork, though, we managed to free the van and were on our way again.

Coming up later this summer, we have added another river-rafting trip to the schedule. I couldn't resist saying yes to three days on the beautiful Tuolumne River again! I long to hear the canyon wren and watch the dippers dance. You can find more information below.

I am very, very excited to announce that Missy Raines has recorded my song, Swept Away, and just released it this week as the first single from her forthcoming CD. The lineup on the song is amazing: Sierra Hull on mandolin, Becky Buller on fiddle, Alison Brown on banjo, Molly Tuttle on guitar, and of course Missy on bass. They call themselves The First Ladies of Bluegrass. Check it out here!

If you are anywhere near our traveling route, please come see us if you can. If you are far away, consider spreading the word to your family and friends. And join us in the fight for our clear water, clean air, and wild places.

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
105 DeLong Road 
Nauvoo, AL 35578

FRI, SAT, APR 13-14, 8 PM
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
Woody Guthrie All-Star Revue
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

FRI, APR 20, 7:30 PM
Laurie Lewis and Friends:
Brandon Godman, Justin Hiltner, Tom Rozum

A benefit for the historic Orpheum Theater
Lefty's Taphouse
1934 Broadway
Baker CityOR

SUN-WED, APR 22-25
Laurie Lewis and Friends:
Brandon Godman, Justin Hiltner, Tom Rozum
Bluegrass in the Gorge
38711 Historic Columbia River Highway
Corbett, OR

SUN, APR 29, 3-6 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Keith Little, Paul Knight
Jamison's Roaring Donkey
146 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA
Always Free! 


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:
And just added:
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! 
Tom Rozum's Jubilee CD

It has been a long time since Tom's critically-acclaimed solo CD has been available for sale. We are happy to announce that it is once again in stock. You can order your very own copy here.

If you didn't have a chance to hear Tommy and the Rozumatics this last December, make your plans now to hear them at the Kate Wolf Music Festival, Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29.

Berkeley Bluegrass Festival

That's right, the third annual festival is taking shape at the Freight and Salvage this coming May 19-21. There are many and varied bands (3 per night, plus bands in the lobby), among them  a special treat: Phantoms of the High Country, with members of both the legendary Phantoms of the Opry and the venerable High Country, featuring Nashville bluegrass Band's Pat Enright, revisiting the halcyon days of the 1970's San Francisco bluegrass scene. And there are free workshops and family events all day on Saturday and Sunday.  You can read all about it here

Brandon Godman and Justin Hiltner
Brandon Godman, Justin Hiltner, and our new friend at Leo and Leona's, Bangor, WI

Bluegrass on the Gorge

Since the demise of Bluegrass at the Beach, I have been on the lookout for an opportunity to get together with music friends in the Northwest who want to hone their skills, and spend time just reveling in music. I have found that opportunity! Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Justin Hiltner and I will be spending four days in April at the beautiful Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, on the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. There are still a few spots left!

For more information and reservations:
Call (503) 695-2243
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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

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

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