June seems like it was over in a flash, and here it is four days into July and I am just getting to the newsletter, to the accompaniment of numerous firecrackers and cherry bombs in the neighborhood.
Tom Rozum and I had a wonderful time at the Sedona Bluegrass Festival. Not that there was much there that a die-hard traditionalist would call bluegrass, but it was a very musical festival! Here's a shot of one of the colorful characters who made an appearance there: none other than Peter Rowan, decked in his fester finery complete with accessories!
In February, while attending the Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City, I had a chance to sit and visit with Lisa Jacobi of Artist2Artist. She recently published a very nice article and interview with me on her website. Check it out here. And there is a link to a video of one of the songs we talked about, I'm Gonna Be The Wind, here, vintage footage circa 1992:
I'm Gonna Be The Wind
I haven't checked with our river trip companies, but it's possible there is still a little room for you last-minute carpe diem people out there, so here's the information, just in case:
RIVER TRIPS 2014 We are down to the last few spots for both
of these trips, so if you have been sitting on the fence, thinking you'd like to go, now is the time to ACT!
Tom Rozum and I will be making two trips down two of our favorite wild rivers this year. Last year, both of our trips were cancelled due to forest fires. We seriously missed the negative ions and sights, sounds and smells of the river, and are excited about returning this year.
Come join us for days on the water and nights of music under the stars, delicious food and the best of company! We have been rafting every summer for over 20 years now, and every trip creates some of the highlights of our year.
I got some really good advice from some of you about my impending hike of the John Muir Trail in August. Thanks to everyone for pitching in and sending you thoughts and reminiscences. For those of you who didn't know, I'll be taking off for three + weeks to hike 211 miles and then some along the spine of the Sierra Nevada Range, from Yosemite Valley to Mt Whitney. I'll take photos and share some of the adventure with you when I return.
Don't forget to sing and play as often as possible. It's good for what ails you.
Thank you for your support of live music.
The Right Hands, CBA Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, Grass Valley, CA, June 2014
WED, JULY 9, 7 PM Summer String Summit Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
with the instructors and students of the Shasta Fiddle Camp, including Darol Anger, the Bee Eaters, David Grier, Paul Brown, Kala Ramnath, Scott Nygaard, and dozens of others!
Kenneth Ford Theater
College of the Siskyous
SAT, JULY 12 Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Inside the Ancil Hoffman County Park
2850 San Lorenzo Way
Carmichael CA 95608
THU, AUG 6 Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum Boathouse Theatre
South Lake Tahoe, CA
FRI-SUN, AUG 7-9 Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
Tuolumne River Bluegrass and Whitewater ARTA River Trips
AMERICAN NOMAD: COUNTRY MILE
We are happy to announce the release of American Nomad's new CD, Country Mile, available on Spruce and Maple Music. When I first heard Shiloh Parkerson and Hassan El-Tayyab sing together, I became an instant fan. When they asked me to produce their album, I could not refuse.
You can check out a song from their CD and read a little bit about them on The Bluegrass Situation website here, go to theirwebsite, or visit the Spruce and Maple website for more information, downloads and to purchase the album. Shiloh and Hassan are both fine songwriters. For the first video from the album, though, they chose a cover of Martha Scanlon's Hallelujah. Give a listen/look. I think you'll like it!
ALSO JUST ADDED! NOV 7-9 Band Sessions Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands with special guest, fiddler Blaine Sprouse
Yosemite Bug Resort
Midpines, CA (near Yosemite National Park)
A weekend gathering with the band that includes a live concert, instruction, fireside chats, workshops, open mic and jamming - all in a relaxed atmosphere with great food and a spa. You won't want to miss this one!
These camps are quite popular, space is limited, and they tend to fill up quickly. If you are interested in honing your chops and having a great time, I suggest you sign up right away. See you there!
Visit Spruce and Maple Music for our latest recordings, plus some highly-recommended
new music from our burgeoning roster of musicians we love!