Laurie Lewis

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September Appearances and News
September Song
Can it be that Fall is coming soon?

Dear Companions, 

It has been a month of getting outdoors, with a solo backpacking trip in Sequoia National Park and two back-to-back river-rafting trips, on the Tuolumne here in Northern California and on the Rogue in Southern Oregon. Unfortunately, Tom Rozum had to cancel the river trips on short notice due to a bout of "tennis elbow." I was able to get young guitarist and singer Luke Forrest to join me on the Tuolumne, and Tristan Clarridge rafted the Rogue with me and made my "river fiddle" sound awesome. All of that was lovely, though we had a very near brush with death on the Tuolumne when a huge, ancient oak tree decided to let go of the Earth at about 12:45 AM. It landed right where our seven river guides had been fast asleep seconds earlier. Only their quick reflexes, wits and physical conditioning saved them from injury and death. But all's well that ends well, as they say, and we savored the rest of the time on the river all the more. Mayor Tom Butt of Richmond, CA, one of the people on the trip, made a video about the incident, called "The Night The Oak Came Down." Here it is for interested parties:
The Night The Oak Came Down

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
I am very happy to announce that the Right Hands and I have been nominated for an International Bluegrass Music Association award this year, for our recording of Hazel Dickens' masterpiece, "Won't You Come and Sing for Me?" on our new CD, The Hazel and Alice Sessions. The category is Gospel Recorded Event of the Year. Hazel's heartfelt song about the power of music to create and heal community really ought to win, regardless of who's singing it. But I have to say, I'm glad that it's us. We will be at the gala awards show in Raleigh, NC, at the end of September. Wish us luck! I am also going to be a presenter, along with the lovely and talented Claire Lynch, of the Male Vocalist of the Year. So now the pressure is on to look extra-good!

I have almost finished my blog of my latest solo backpacking trip on my site, High Sierra Rambles, You can check it out here.

My niece, Chloe Woodruff, has returned from Rio, where she represented the USA in  women's cross-country mountain bike race at the Olympics. It was marred by a mechanical failure which, by the time it was fixed, had her in last place. She finished 14th out of a field of about 30, so I'd say that was a most excellent outcome!

Wishing you well,
Laurie Lewis



Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Americana Song Academy
Sisters, OR

Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber 
Sisters Folk Festival 
Sisters, OR

TUE, SEPT 13, 8;00 PM
Annual Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration!
w/ Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Max Schwartz, Brandon Godman, Butch Waller, 
the T Sisters, 
Yoseff Tucker, and Luke Forrest
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA 
(510) 644-2020

FRI, SAT, SEPT 16, 17 
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
American River Music Festival 
Lotus, CA

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands with special guest Alice Gerrard
Wide Open Bluegrass Festival
Raleigh, NC

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves, 
and Andrew Conklin
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Banjo Stage, 12:10 PM
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

Laurie Lewis, David Jacobs-Strain, Keith Greeninger
Yosemite Songwriting Retreat
Yosemite Bug Mountain Resort
Midpines, CA

Coming up later in October, look for us in far-flung locales like Buffalo, WYBozeman, MT; Iowa City, IAEvanston, ILMinneapolis, MN; and Petaluma, CA. Whew!

See our full schedule here
Laurie Lewis and Tristan Clarridge
A music session breaks out on the Rogue River, with Tristan Clarridge and Laurie.                            photo by Susan Schwartz

Laurie swimming in the Rogue River
Underwater selfie at Rogue River Ranch


Coming up in the next couple of months, I am happy to announce that I will be teaching at these two stellar events:

SEP 6-9, preceding the Sisters Folk Festival
Tom Rozum and I will be teaching workshops in songwriting, performance, and getting the most out of a song. There's a great lineup of instructors!

OCT 7-10
A songwriting intensive workshop, with David Jacobs-Strain, Keith Greeninger, and me, located just west of the El Portal entrance to Yosemite National Park. That's inspirational in and of itself! 

Sign up and stretch your mind in a beautiful setting.


I have been looking at YouTube again, and thought that you might enjoy this live version of "Who Will Watch the Home Place" from 2009, with my Bluegrass Pals. Mary Gibbons on guitar, Craig Smith on banjo, Todd Phillips on bass, and Tom Rozum on mandolin. Craig is such a beautiful player! Well, everyone is great on there, but one is less likely to hear that sort of sensitivity on a banjo.

Kate Long's beautiful song, 
"Who Will Watch the Home Place?"


From now through September 4, the radio show, The Art of the Song and the Standing 'O' Project will be replaying the interview they conducted with Tom Rozum and me a couple of years ago at their studios in Albuquerque, NM. You can hear the full show by logging into the Standing 'O' Project or by tuning in to any of the 150 NPR stations that will replay The Art of the Song. You can find a list of stations here

One last photo before I say adios for this month's newsletter. I hope to see you a little farther downstream.
East Creek, one of the gems that feeds the Rogue River.