Laurie Lewis

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Every month or so we email a newsletter to our fan base/mailing list with news and to give a perspective from traveling musicians. The archieved newsletters are available from the drop-down menu.

July, 2019
Laurie Leiws and Rainy Miatke
Rainy Miatke and Laurie, singing on the Rogue River photo by Zach Collier
Midsummer Play
Dear Companions,

I am a little late this month getting my newsletter out. I blame it on too much time having fun. At the end of June, I took off on a four-day backpacking trip in the Hoover Wilderness here in Northern California with my friend and fellow Hills to Hollers bandmate Barbara Higbie. That was followed by one day at home to prepare for the Rogue River raft trip, from which I just returned on Sunday evening. So here I am, finally sitting down to the computer to talk about where we've been and where we're going.

The Rogue River was as full as I've ever rafted it, and the water was deliciously cool, without being frigid. It welcomed the occasional swim, and we welcomed the many splashes. Tom Rozum had unfortunately hurt his back right before the trip, and I was lucky enough to be joined by the lovely young (16-year-old) Rainy Miatke on mandolin. She played beautifully and snagged numerous harmony parts. We even got her to sing a couple of leads! Hopefully, Tom will be ready to join me on the Tuolumne trip, which is coming up later this month.

On our last morning on the Rogue, I looked around our campsite (Lower Solitude), and was appalled at the spread of invasive star thistle everywhere. While the guides were packing up camp and rigging the boats, I started pulling up the noxious weed. Soon, I was joined by a few other people, and suddenly there were at least ten of us at work, methodically combing through the campsite and packing five big garbage bags full of the weeds. We managed to clean up the whole campsite in the time it took for the boats to be packed. I was so proud of the work we had done, and amazed at the quickness with which we accomplished it. What an awesome team!
Laurie Lewis, Patrick Sauber and George Clement
My new Pre-War Guitar Company guitar was in good company at the Fathers' Day Bluegrass Festival last month. Patrick Sauber, George Clement (Lonely Heartstring Band) and I did a little photo shoot with our three fine dreadnoughts. That's Tatiana Hargreaves bombing the shot, above.

I also had a chance to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, in Nashville, and it was such a thrill to see the First Women of Bluegrass' exhibit. I rounded the corner, and was confronted by a larger-than-life screen showing their video of my song, Swept Away!

I have started up my hiking blog again, High Sierra Rambles. Feel free to visit, and enjoy the Sierra vicariously through my stories and photos. So far, I just finished up last year's adventure, but should be starting on the first trip of 2019 within the next few days.

In case you missed it in the last newsletter, Brandon Godman and I were both recently interviewed for Bluegrass Today. Here are links to the articles:
Brandon Godman California Report, Bluegrass Today
Laurie Lewis California Report, Bluegrass Today

Look around you, and see if there is something you can do to help make a place you visit and love just a little better than when you found it. It feels good! Also, this month is “Plastic Free July”, a global designation to raise awareness about the plastics crisis and allow all of us to be a part of the solution. That's a tough one. Let's see if we can manage it.

Thank you for taking the journey with us,
Laurie Lewis
Tommy and the Rozumatics
Tommy and the Rozumatics wowed the audience at the Fathers' Day Bluegrass Festival.
L-R: Tristan Clarridge, Simon Chrisman, Tom Rozum, Brittany Haas

?SUN, JULY 21, 3:00-6:00 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Keith Little, and Paul Knight
146 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
Music on the River

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
1 Valhalla Rd., 
Highway 89/Emerald Bay Rd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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

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
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
WoodSongs Live Stream 977: Laurie Lewis and Nefesh Mountain
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.
Laurie Lewis River Trips

This year, Tom Rozum and I will be returning for at least the 25th time to raft one of our favorite rivers right here in California, keeping in mind that, as Heraclitus said, you cannot step into the same river twice. With this winter's snowpack reaching 160% of average, the flow should be spectacular!

JULY 23-25
Three days (and two nights) on our beautiful, steep and wild Tuolumne River here in California, with ARTA

We will spend the days exploring the river and its tributaries, eating fantastic food prepared by our most excellent guides, and playing music around the camp in the long summer evenings. We invite you to join us, the Kingfishers, American Dippers and Canyon Wrens, and sing on the river.