Laurie Lewis

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Redwood Regional Park

Redwood Regional Park is a great place to hike on a hot day. Photo by Barbara Higbie

Dear Companions,

Summer is upon us, and I am doing all sorts of things that I have intended to get around to for decades, like finishing off the weedy strip down the middle of my driveway with old bricks, tending my little vegetable garden, and making cutting boards out of a nice chunk of American chestnut that I salvaged from an old table top that was thrown out alongside the road. I have to say, it is not unpleasant! And the kale, lettuce, cucumbers and zucchini are delicious. Still waiting on peppers, tomatoes, and Damson plums.Generally, I plant something and then leave town to go on tour, and am lucky to catch any sort of harvest at all. so this is a real upside to the canceled tours this summer.

I managed to play a couple of little, socially-distanced concerts with Nina Gerber last month, and it was a balm to my soul. This month, I am going to try it again. The learning curve to getting up to speed, with good sound and lighting for live streams online has been pretty steep, and there have been some less-than-stellar results. But we are working on getting it together. I think this time may be the charm!?

Sooo...I will be playing two concerts this coming weekend, to an audience of around 15 people each, at a "secret" location here in Berkeley. The first, on Saturday, July 11, will be with wonderful fiddler and Birthday Boy Brandon Godman. The next day, I will be joined by guitar goddess Nina Gerber. There is a mandatory mask requirement, and attendees must maintain safe social distancing from each other. Precautions will be taken to help ensure that everyone is safe. The concerts will be live-streamed on Facebook, and later, hopefully, uploaded to YouTube. If you would like to be a part of the audience, please contact us here. First come, first served. If you can't get in this time, you will be first (or at least high) on the list for next time.
It has been a tough time for so many, around the world. Never has there been a stronger case and more urgent need for equal access to universal health care, educational opportunities, and justice in every field. And never before a more urgent need to exercise your right to vote, and encourage others to do the same.

There are many ways that you can help support those of us who are dependent for our livelihood on being able to gather together in crowds. Please do what you can. And contribute to your local food bank and social justice organizations.
Sending you virtual hugs,
Here's where we would have been...

JUL 2-6 Rogue River Rafting Trip (we have rescheduled for SEP 17-21. Contact NWRC)
THU, JUL 9 Snowmass, CO
FRI, JUL 10 Telluride, CO
SAT-SUN, JUL 11, 12 High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival, Westcliffe, CO
THU, AUG 6 The City of Culver City Free Concert Series, Culver City, CA
SAT, AUG 8 Bishop, CA
SUN, AUG 9 Tehachapi, CA
FRI, SEP 18 McCloud Bluegrass Festival, McCloud, CA
SAT, SEP 19 Mountain View Community Concert Series, Mountain View, CA
MON-FRI, AUG 31-SEP 4 Song Roots Appalachia, Singing Study Camp, Gambier Island BC 
SAT, OCT 3 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, San Francisco, CA
OCT 8-11 Yosemite Songwriting Retreat
And, of course, this is just what was in the books in mid-March. Who knows where else we might have been, and what will happen with concerts booked for the Fall?

As of this writing, we will be rafting down the Tuolumne again this year, July 30-Aug1. This will mark something close to thirty years for me of enjoying the "T". Three days on one of the quintessential California rivers! Contact ARTA River Trips
and "Laurie Lewis" - New Album

Here are some snippets of what people are saying about and Laurie Lewis:

It’s as if she knew I needed to hear this collection of songs right at this time. Of course, that’s incredibly selfish for me to say. She is reaching out to all of us.
— Chris Brashear, Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association

Some albums provide a snapshot of a musician at a particular instant in time, capturing the mood and feel of the moment. “And Laurie Lewis,” the latest release by the Berkeley bluegrass icon, works more like a time-lapse montage, distilling a thick web of friendships forged over a lifetime.
—Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

Mixing originals with covers (all but one are by women), Lewis’ brilliance shines in her reverence and quiet understatement. —Amos Perrine, No Depression

I loved getting the chance to record this duet with Laurie! She will always be a hero to me, and listening to her records on repeat was a big reason why I started playing music.—Molly Tuttle, Fretboard Journal

And Twangville, the online music zine, has a feature wherein they ask artists to answer the same set of questions. You can read my answers here


We have been looking at some videos from the vaults, tweaking the sound so that they are more listenable, and posting them on my YouTube channel. I want to share with you this beautiful version of the Scott Hamblen song, "Remember Me, I'm The One Who Loves You," sung by Tom Rozum. It's swoon-worthy for sure!

For more videos, please visit my channel.


We have started uploading my Song-a-Day videos that I had on Facebook onto Youtube, so that everyone can (hopefully) enjoy them. You can access my channel here. Feel free to check it out, and leave a comment. So far, there are 10 songs uploaded. I have at least that many more in the queue.