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.

Spring events, a new venue, what the future holds 
Laurie's Cat
Dear Companions, 

It was not a quiet week here in Berkeley. Last Thursday, five days before her 90th birthday, my mom tripped on a step, fell and broke her hip. She is in rehab now and is doing very well. In fact, she has been called "The Jane Fonda of Senior PT" because of the zeal with which she attacks her exercises. She has especially been cheered by the outpouring of well-wishes from the Facebook community. We thank you all! 

I am happy to announce that there is a new music venue opening here in Berkeley. It is the brainchild of Sam Rudin, a Bay Area pianist and teacher who has deep roots in the Berkeley music scene. I will be playing there for the Grand Opening on April 16 with some of my musical friends. Please stop by if you're in the area, and find out who they are, and support this new 80+seat venue. Since the Freight and Salvage has gotten so big (440 seats), there has been a real need for something of this size in town. The hope is that it will reinvigorate the local acoustic music scene to have a new place to play. I am looking forward to testing it out. 

Tom Rozum and I will be returning to the venerable, funky and much-loved Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu on the Big Island on April 1, and to the Garden Isle, Kauai, on April 3. We've never experienced the Islands so late in the year, and are looking forward to it. Hope to see some of you there! 

In case you're wondering, that's the neighbors' cat Sam, patiently waiting at the back door for his morning pets. 

Wishing you well, 
Laurie Lewis 



FRI, APR 1, 7:30 PM
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
A benefit for APAC 
Kainaliu, Big Island, HI 

SUN, APR 3, 7:30 PM 
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
Plus Michaelle Edwards & Richie Reinholdt
Princeville, Kauai, HI 

SUN, APR 10, 3:00 PM 
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands 
Plus special guest Keith Little 
Georgetown, CA 

FRI, APR 15, 7:30 PM 
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
FDR's Presidential Yacht, USS POTOMAC 
540 Water St 
Jack London Square 
Oakland, CA 
Yacht tour at 6:30! 

SAT, APR 16, 8:00 PM 
Laurie Lewis and Friends 
Grand opening of a new venue!!! 
1984 Bonita Ave. 
Berkeley, CA 
or RSVP to Facebook Event Page 

SUN, APR 17, 3:00-6:00 PM 
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, 
Keith Little, Paul Knight
146 Kentucky Street 
Petaluma, CA 94952 
(707) 772-5478 

SAT, APR 24, 7:30 PM 
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands 
Earth Day Celebration 
Main Street 
Mokelumne Hill, CA 

FRI, MAY 6, 8:00 PM 
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
Playing The Hazel and Alice Sessions! 
4316 Sepulveda, Blvd. 
Culver City, CA 

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands 
1315 N.Bethel Rd. 
Templeton 93465 
(805) 238-0725 
Presented by San Luis Obispo Folk Music Society 

SUN, MAY 8, 3:00-6:00 PM 
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Keith Little, Paul Knight 
146 Kentucky Street 
Petaluma, CA 94952 
(707) 772-5478 

See our full schedule here 

Folk Alley has posted an interview that Kelly McCartney with me. Check it out here. 
And Paul Brown interviewed me for his wonderful radio show, Across the Blue RidgeIt was a real pleasure to talk with him, and the music he chose to weave into the talk is transcendent, particularly Doc Watson and Jean Ritchie, Chubby Wise, and Reverend Gary Davis 
You can listen here. 

The Hazel and Alice Sessdions

And here are some excerpts from  reviews that have come in lately: 

You have to be awfully good, not just presumptuous, to honor giants. That's never a problem on this spirited, finely executed disc. Lead vocals are mostly, though not entirely, by Lewis. The arrangements are crisp and grandly uncluttered. And the songs ... well, it goes without saying there's not a second-rater among the 14. It's not often that you hear an album, however engaging, that has you thinking you're hearing your favorite cut until the next one comes along to replace it. Ordinarily, a single listening will identify the song I most want to hear again, but not here.

Dickens and Gerrard were among the first women to sing bluegrass in much the same way that men like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley did: hard-edged and gritty, serious rather than cute, and often with a slyly feminist subtext ...Lewis and her band deliver an excellent set of songs written by or associated with Gerrard and Dickens, including classic numbers like "Walking in My Sleep" and "I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling." It's the Gerrard and Dickens originals that really stand out here, though, particularly the deeply affecting "Won't You Come and Sing for Me?". And if that second voice on "Pretty Bird" sounds like Linda Ronstadt, it's because that's who it is. Excellent.
  ~Rick's Picks, CD HotList 

Want a copy? Order online at Available as a download or physical CD. 

If you would rather send a check or money order, please make it payable to Spruce and Maple Music and send it to PO Box 9417, Berkeley, CA 94709


We are happy to announce that we now have two river trips on the books for the 2016 season. 
Tom Rozum and I have been rafting rivers and playing music under the stars for a long time, now, and we keep doing it because we love it. It's the best way to "unplug" from the industrialized world, get in touch with the natural one, and recharge your batteries with water, sun, and music. Please join us! 

August 18-20 Three days on the mighty Tuolumne River, in Central California, with 
ARTA River Trips, 
This has long been my favorite river experience, I think. It's so quintessentially California; the steep and rocky course creates a series of tiny oases in a sere, rough landscape. And it's easy to get to from the Bay Area! For information and reservations: 800-323-2782 
Tuolumne River Bluegrass
AND right on the heels of that trip, because we can't get enough: 
August 23-27 Five days on theRogue River in southern Oregon, with 
Northwest Rafting Company 
The Rogue abounds with wildlife and lush scenery, and in August many great opportunities to swim.
For information and reservations: INFO@NWRAFTING.COM / 541-450-9855 

The guides on both rivers are really top-notch: they are knowledgeable about their surroundings, excellent water-readers, fun-loving, generally gorgeous to look at-- and man, can they cook!