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Southwest and Northwest Rambles
WHEN THE CACTUS IS IN BLOOM
A drought-tolerant Berkeley garden. You can look, but you'd better not touch! View vintage video at bottom of page.
I can't believe that June is upon us already! You know that thing about time speeding up as you get older? Man, is that ever true! The only way for me to slow it down is to get out and walk in the hills.
Memorial Day weekend had a very full Sunday for Tom Rozum and me. We had a bit part in a movie, which required that we get to Sausalito by 10:30 AM in order to be ready for the shoot. Done there by 12:30, we headed back across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to Point Richmond, where we played a set at the annual barbecue party hosted by Richmond's Mayor Tom Butt and his lovely wife Shirley. Then it was back to Marin County to shoot another scene among the redwood trees in the slanting afternoon light. We loved it, meant to take photos for you all, but of course forgot all about that. So you'll just have to take my word for it. We'll let you know more about the movie when it is released.
Much of May I spent getting and recovering from a bad cold. I'm glad to say that it's behind me now. We actually had to cancel a concert at Boulevard Music in Culver City when I was at the worst of it. We'll be trying to find a make-up date for that soon.
Tatiana Hargreaves flew out from Nashville to join us for the weekend of the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival and the State Theatre in Auburn, CA. Such fun to play with her! I wish she'd hurry up and finish her college education so she can start playing more bluegrass fiddle.
June begins the season of summer camps, and we will be teaching at Voice Works and Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, with more camps coming up later in the season (see below for the complete list of our summer camps and workshops).
I'm happy to say that The Back Room, Berkeley's new acoustic music venue, is doing very well. Tom and I will be returning there on Wednesday, June 22, with our cohorts Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore. This will be our only Bay Area appearance together, and I urge all of you East Bay folks to come out and support us and the venue!
Time to get packing for Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Looks like weather for sun dresses and sweaters.
It's lovely to hear that our album is #1 for the month of May on CFRO Radio in Vancouver, BC. That's makes us an International Hit! Somehow, we beat out some pretty heavy-hitters. Here's the top 5:
1. Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands - The Hazel & Alice Sessions (Spruce &
2. Chris Coole - The Tumbling River (Indie)
3. Tim O`Brien - Pompadour (Howdy Skies)
4. The Grascals - And Then There`s This ... (Mountain Home)
5. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - So Familiar (Rounder)
Wunnerful! ~Mitch Finley
Lewis and her band deliver an excellent set of songs written by or associated with Gerrard and Dickens...Excellent ~Rick's Picks, CD HotList
You have to be awfully good, not just presumptuous, to honor giants. That's never a problem on this spirited, finely executed disc.
Hazel & Alice demonstrates once again Lewis's reverence and commitment to the bluegrass tradition in which she's a large part.
~Deborah Crooks, No Depression
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.
RIVER TRIPS 2016
I went to the post office box today, and found three copies of Rapid, The Whitewater Magazine, in my box. Lo and behold, there's a photo and accompanying article on our river trips! I couldn't find an online link, so I took a photo:
We still have a few openings for this year. Should be an excellent year, with more rain than we've seen in quite awhile. We 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, 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 www.arta.org
AND right on the heels of that trip, because we can't get enough: August 23-27 Five days on the Rogue 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!
SUMMER CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS
Still planning your summer fun? Make sure you check out these camps. They are great places to immerse yourself in music while stretching your brain, fingers and voice, and coming away with actual useful information!
JUN 28-JUL 3 VOICE WORKS
This year, the focus is on "Blood Harmony," but Kathy Kallick and I get to crash the party, even though we're not related.
JUL 4-JUL 9 FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FIDDLE TUNES
What a fine lineup of musicians at this camp. The dances are legendary, and the jamming never stops. I mean, literally, it never stops.
SEP 6-9, preceding the Sisters Folk Festival AMERICANA SONG ACADEMY
I'll be teaching workshops in songwriting, performance, and getting the most out of a song. There's a great lineup of instructors!
OCT 7-10 YOSEMITE SONGWRITING RETREAT
A songwriting intensive workshop, with David Jacobs-Strain and Keith Greeninger, located just west of the El Portal entrance to Yosemite National Park. That's inspirational in and of itself!
WHEN THE CACTUS IS IN BLOOM REDUX
Here's a video of me singing said song on the 1993 TV show, The Texas Connection. Joining me are Tom Rozum (mandolin), Sally Van Meter (dobro), Alan Munde (banjo), Peter McLaughlin (guitar), and Cary Black (bass). I learned this Jimmie Rodgers song from the signing of Bill Monroe. He sang "when the cactus ARE in bloom," which I couldn't bring myself to do. Tom says he doesn't remember putting shoe polish in his hair.
When The Cactus Is In Bloom
Laurie Lewis | Spruce and Maple Music | 510.548.3021 firstname.lastname@example.org |www.laurielewis.com