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Happy New Year from Laurie and TomNew Year's Greetings!   artwork by Tom Rozum
BREAKING NEWS:
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands are 2017 Grammy nominees!
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Andrew Conklin and I are nominated for our latest album, a tribute to the wonderful music of Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, in the  BLUEGRASS category!  It is an honor to share the category with Claire Lynch, The O'Connor Band featuring Mark O'Connor, Blue Highway, and Doyle Lawson, all wonderful musicians deserving of a win. Now, what to wear???

 2017 is out of the gate with a bang, and we are hanging onto the mane and feeling the sting of the wind something fierce. Yesterday, I started off the new year right, playing music with friends and eating black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread for good luck. Today, I took a long hike in the Berkeley Hills. It was so cold, I thought I might encounter snow on the hilltops, but alas, there was none. I explored a "shortcut" in Strawberry Canyon, and ended up in thickets of coyote brush nearly on my hands and knees, following deer trails and trying to get down to the fire road I could occasionally glimpse below me. I was imagining being covered with ticks and poison oak, but so far, so good. After a thorough examination wherein I discovered quite a few other things about my body that I hadn't previously noticed, I can pronounce myself tickless. And no poison oak, either! It was a good way to start the New Year.

Tom Rozum and I are grateful to be returning to Hawaii once again later this month. This has been an annual treat that we really look forward to. And from there, we will be going almost directly to Terlingua, TX, the little town that is famous for being at the end of the road, nestled against the Rio Grande and Big Bend National Park. We will be playing at the second annual Slimfest, in honor of the late Texas music legend Slim Ritchey. Two days later, we will be in Los Angeles, rubbing shoulders with the other Grammy nominees and trying to look our best. Talk about contrasts!

The time is getting away from me already. I am supposed to be packing for our trip to Wisconsin tomorrow, where the temperature is hovering around the low single digits. Brrrrr! That's pretty cold for most hardy Northerners, but way colder for a wimpy Californian like me.

Walk softly,
Laurie

UPCOMING APPEARANCES

FRI, JAN 6 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands featuring Alan Munde on banjo!
Stoughton Opera House 
381 East Main St.
Stoughton, WI

SAT, JAN 7
Private Event

SUN, JAN 8
Private Event

SUN, JAN 15, 3-6 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Paul Knight, and Keith Little
Roaring Donkey
Petaluma, CA
Always FREE, always FUN

THU, JAN 26
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
House Concert 
Volcano, HI 
Click here for reservations 

SAT, JAN 28
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Aloha Theatre 
79-7384 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kainaliu, HI 
(808) 322-9924

FRI, FEB 3 
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Church of the Pacific
Princeville, Kauai, HI
Info: yogalignkauai@gmail.com

SAT, FEB 4 
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Atherton Studio
Honolulu, HI

FRI, FEB 10 
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
Slim Fest tWo
Terlingua, TX

SUN, FEB 12
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
GRAMMY AWARDS SHOW!!!
That's right, we're up for a bluegrass Grammy Award for The Hazel and Alice Sessions!
Wish us luck, and please consider voting for us if you are able.

GRAMMY NOMINATION!
That's right, folks, The Hazel and Alice Sessions has been nominated for 
BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF 2016!

Such an honor for Tom, Patrick, Andrew, and me, our guest artists, and for Spruce and Maple Music! Not only is it personally gratifying, but I am so happy that it might shine the spotlight on these two influential, groundbreaking bluegrass women. Wish us luck, and vote for us if you can. The Grammy Awards Show is February 12. 
The bluegrass category is in the pre-televised portion.
 


WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

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... 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.
                                                                                                   ~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. 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.
                                                                                                ~Rambles.net

Carrying forward the legacy of pioneers like Hazel and Alice, putting your own stamp on it as Laurie Lewis does here, and passing it along to another generation are all worthy of notice. The best part is, this is great music, too.
                                                                                ~The Greenman Review

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Early December in Mendocino
Early December in Mendocino