Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis News

 

 

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.

 
Rogue River
Christmas Day, Cataract Creek, Mt Tamalpais, CA 
Photo by Tom Rozum

Dear companions 

I'm writing to you on a clear, cold and windy day here in Berkeley (well, OK, it's only cold by our thin-blooded California standards...). The hills are cloaked in brilliant green after a Fall that looked more dessicated and brown than any year in history. There's still not enough precipitation to take us out of the drought by a long shot (snow pack in the Sierra is only half of "normal" for this time of year), but the greening moisture is a welcome relief. And in Marin County, across the Bay, the reservoirs are already at maximum capacity. Wow!

We start off the New Year running, beginning on January 2 with Kathy Kallick, kicking off a series of concerts celebrating the California bluegrass legacy of Vern Williams and Ray Park. This music is so fun to delve into, so deeply satisfying to play and sing, and we have a crack band to help us out.

Then Tom Rozum and I get into gear with concerts in San Francisco, in and around Calgary, AB, Canada, followed closely by concerts in Hawaii. We will have enough time in between to unpack our snow boots and parkas, and pack our sandals, sarongs and board shorts. Exciting!
Laurie Lewis in Hawaii  

ON THE RIVER
Tom Rozum and I will be returning to the Rogue River for a five-day trip this coming August. Come join us in this beautiful river canyon for the water, the waves, the food, companionship, views, wildlife, and music. Check out the particulars in the right-hand column.
Here's a cool video from Northwest Rafting Company, that gives an idea of what the Rogue is like. Watch it, and then add the attraction of live music!

Rogue River Rafting from Northwest Rafting Company on Vimeo.

Rogue River Rafting

EXTENDING THE DEAL

FREE SHIPPING within the US (sorry, rest of the World; it's just gotten too expensive for us to offer that everywhere). That's right, we will pay the shipping on all CD purchases for the month of January, too! Check out our General Store, and give the gift of music to yourself or a loved one, just because.

THE OLDEN DAYS 
I enjoyed watching this 1998 video of the Winterhawk jam session with Peter Rowan, and thought you might like it, too. It was such an honor to be included with so many great musicians!

All-star Jam @ Winterhawk (Greyfox) Bluegrass 98'

 

SONG OF THE MONTH

 

Those of you who follow these newsletters carefully might notice that I haven't put up a new Song of the month for many, many months. But I have finally gotten around to it, and this month we've posted "Barstow," from One Evening in May. It tells the story of a possible reason why someone might choose to build a life in that crossroads desert town. You can listen, read the lyrics, and play along here.


ENTERING THE BLOGOSPHERE

Hiking the John Muir Trail was a truly wonderful experience, and one I would do again in a heartbeat. The only thing I would change is that I would spend more time out there in the High Sierra, and hike fewer miles per day. But of course, it was my own schedule constraints that defined the timeline.


My blog is finished now, and I'm kind of sad that there are no more days to write about, because the reliving of the experience through blogging has been so enjoyable for me. You can read all about it here:

  


Wishing you all love, peace, and harmony (in music and life) in 2015!

~Laurie Lewis

UPCOMING APPEARANCES
Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick

FRI, JAN 2
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
CD release for Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray
with Tom RozumPatrick Sauber, and Cary Black
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison, St.
Berkeley, CA
 
SAT, JAN 3   SOLD OUT
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
CD release for Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray
with Tom RozumPatrick Sauber, and Cary Black 
private house concert
Gilroy, CA 

SUN, JAN 4
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
CD release for Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray
with Tom RozumPatrick Sauber, and Cary Black
French Garden Restaurant 
8050 Bodega Ave 
Sebastopol, CA 95472 
(707) 824-2030

THURS, JAN 15
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Contemporary Jewish Museum 
Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman exhibit 
736 Mission Street 
San Francisco, CA 94103 
415.655.7800
FREE, with museum admission

FRI, JAN 16
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Last Chance Saloon
Wayne, AB, Canada

SAT, JAN 17 
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Irish Cultural Center
Calgary, AB, Canada

SUN, JAN 18
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Fratters Speakeasy 
Red Deer, AB, Canada

FRI, JAN 30
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
Also Kirk Smart & Michaelle Edwards
Church of the Pacific 
Princeville, Kauai, HI
contact yogalignkauai@gmail.com808-652-3823

SAT, JAN 31
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
Aloha Theatre
A benefit for Arc of Kona
Kainaliu, Big Island, HI

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
Photo by Mike Melnyk
ROGUE RIVER RENDEZVOUS!
Tom Rozum and I will be rafting down the beautiful Rogue River in southern Oregon with the Northwest Rafting Company this August. It's a 5-day trip, launching on August 13. You are all invited to join us for swimming, eating, hiking, singing, playing, yoga, splashing and wildlife viewing. Read all about it here.
Rogue River
This is a perfect gift for that person who has everything. Even if they have rafted the Rogue before, it's good to keep in mind that, to paraphrase Heraclitus, you never raft the same river twice.