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Kings Canyon
Smoky air makes for some good photos in Kings Canyon

Dear Companions,
While I realize that most of you who receive our newsletter don't live in the Bay Area, I hope that you will take the time to forward this email to anyone you may know in the area. The venerable Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse is moving away from presenting local musicians (of which I am one), and we are really feeling the pressure to pull in an audience if we are going to be assured of playing there in the future. I have been lucky to have a healthy audience in the area so far, but the club itself doesn't seem to be doing much to help get the word out. SO...if you're a fan of bluegrass music, I assure you that you will LOVE our Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration, and so will your friends! Come on down! 

HILLS TO HOLLERS will be making one of our rare appearances on Sep 11, at the Sebastopol Community Center, with a school show earlier in the day. I'm excited to be getting back together with Barbara and Linda to delve into our very fun repertoire. Plus, I get to play lots of banjo.

Our new album, featuring the repertoire of Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, is cooking along nicely. We are planning on starting a crowd-funding campaign and thinking up some nifty prizes, so stay tuned for ways you can get involved in helping to get this new CD out.

More than 25 years ago, Cathy Fink, Sally Van Meter, Marcy Marxer, Molly Mason and I got together to form the band Blue Rose. We recorded one album for Sugar Hill Records, and made a select few live appearances. It has just come to my attention that songs from Blue Rose's TV appearance on TNN's New Country have just been posted on YouTube. Here are a few for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Careless Love

Sad But True

Wild Rose of the Mountain

The photo on the top of the newsletter was taken in the Sierra, through the unfortunate smoke of the Rough Fire that is raging in Kings Canyon National Park. My latest backpacking foray into the area was derailed by the dense smoke blowing in from that fire, but not before I managed a few good pictures. I can't resist portraits of juniper trees. Man, is it dry up there!

Support live music, either by coming out to a show or by singing and playing it yourself. It makes the world a better place. 

Walk softly,
Bill Monroe
Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music

SUN, AUG 30  6:00 PM (5:00 potluck)

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
(Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, and special guests)
Fresno Folklore Society concert
Wolk Garden, 6661 N Forkner 
Fresno CA 93711
Info: 559-307-3610

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands:
(Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber, Max Schwartz)
plus David GrierMolly TuttleButch WallerKathy Kallick and
MC Chuck Poling
This September 13 will mark the 104th anniversary of the birth of Bill Monroe, the Father of bluegrass Music. For the last 6 years we have been celebrating this momentous occasion with a special Grand Ole Opry-style show, which promises to be one of the great bluegrass shows of the year at the Freight and Salvage!
We'll wallow in the repertoire and tales of the Father of Bluegrass Music
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA
510 644-2020

Hills to Hollers
(Barbara Higbie, Linda Tillery and Laurie Lewis)
390 Morris St
Sebastopol, CA

SAT, SUN; SEP 19, 20
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands 
(Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Andrew Conklin, Tatiana Hargreaves)
Along with an amazing lineup: The Infamous Stringdusters, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, and more
Flagstaff, AZ
September 19 - 20, 2015

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
(Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Chad Manning, Max Schwartz)
Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
Early on the morning of August 28 my former boss at Scoville Violins and long-time friend Everett Robert Scoville died, at age 97. The last time I visited him, a couple of months ago, he was still in good health and mentally pretty darn sharp. Bob was writing and editing short stories and articles, which he shared with me. He was funny, with a ready laugh, and an exhaustive supply of oft-repeated jokes. I find I quote him often ("I don't feel so pretty good," "I cut it off twice and it's STILL too short," "Get me out of this forgodsaken place," and many more odd and funny twists of language). 

I met Bob in the early 1970's at a fiddle contest in Madera, CA, when he looked at my fiddle and showed me that the scroll graft was loose, and basically just being held in place by the pegs. I traded sweeping and clean-up work at his shop in exchange for the repair, and then I brought him a funky German factory fiddle that needed every repair imaginable. He said it would cost too much, and suggested that I learn to do it myself. At the end of the lengthy process of rebuilding that fiddle, he offered me a job. He hosted great jam sessions at his home, made outstanding sourdough pancakes, and was incredibly generous with his knowledge and time. When he retired in 1980, I bought his violin shop, and ran it for 7 years. After Irene (his wife of 70 years) died in 2011, Bob moved to an assisted living place, where he referred to himself as an inmate. "Oh, it's not bad, but the problem is everyone is so OLD!" He was the sort of person whose spirit will continue to live with all who knew him.
Bob Scoville