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June, 2019
Mt Tamalpais creeks
Mt Tamalpais creeks are roaring with all the rainwater we have had!
Long Summer Days
John Muir
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Dear Companions,

The other day, I visited John Muir's home in Martinez, CA, with my mom. It's such a beautiful setting, though the Hwy 4 freeway runs perilously close to it these days. But it was easy to imagine him packing up his knapsack, putting some of those little balls of squished bread in his pocket, and starting out to walk to the Sierra Nevada. Here's a photo of him looking every bit the part of a modern old-time banjo player.

June is just days away, and I am taking a break from packing and advancing our upcoming appearances to write to you. Tomorrow, I leave bright and early for Nashville, and from there I gather up the band to head to the John Hartford Memorial Music Festival, to be held at Bill Monroe's music park in Bean Blossom, Indiana. I haven't been there since I accompanied the Phantoms of the Opry there in 1974! I wonder if they have fixed the squeaky fan in the old barn. For that matter, I wonder if the old barn is still standing.

From Bean Blossom, we head north and east to the beautiful G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula, Ohio. This venue stole my heart when I played there for the first time two years ago. Then it's on to Lexington, Kentucky for the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Last time I played there, I had a terrible cold and could almost not sing at all, so I'm hoping to redeem myself this time around. We will end this little tour with a night at the storied Station Inn in Nashville, where so much incredible music has been made for so many years. The little cinder-block building is now surrounded by chic high-rises offering up swanky digs, shopping and food for the wealthy Millennials who make the city their home now.

Tom Rozum will be performing at the California Bluegrass Association's Fathers' Day Festival, with his amazing band, Tommy and the Rozumatics. And I heard through the grapevine that the CBA is going to award Tom an honorary lifetime membership! How cool is that?

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

I am overwhelmed by the Earth's ability to rebound, if we can just get out of the way and let it. Be kind and take a step back.

Thank you for taking the journey with us,
Laurie Lewis
FRI & SAT, MAY 31 & JUN 1 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground 
Bean Blossom, IN
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
G.A.R. Hall
Peninsula, OH

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Lexington, KY

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
402 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Laurie Lewis Harmony Singing class
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Grass Valley, CA

Tommy and the Rozumatics
Point Richmond, CA

SAT & SUN, JUN 15 & 16
Tommy and the Rozumatics
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Grass Valley, CA

Laurie lewis and Tom Rozum
Bluegrass on the Whitewater
Rogue River, OR

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 and the Right Hands
Oakland, CA
John Muir Quote
I snapped a photo of a poster at John Muir's home, and thought I'd share his words with you.

I will be teaching at three separate 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 harmony vocals at the
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Grass Valley, CA

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
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.