Laurie Lewis

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Laurie Lewis on the Road West
The Road West
Dear Companions, 

Well, the day after we played on Mountain Stage, in Elkins, WV, on August 12, the world shifted for me. Max Schwartz, our wonderful young bassist, went off to the University of Miami for the next four years, and Tatiana Hargreaves, our stellar fiddler for the summer, moved to Durham, NC. And I turned the van westward, back to California. We wish Max and Tati all the best, and we know we haven't seen the last of them. And we welcome the opportunity to play with the most excellent Sam Grisman on bass and the fiery Brandon Godman on fiddle.

I found my ear glued to the radio this last week, listening for news about Hurricane Harvey. If you're looking for a way to help out, please check out The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. And now here comes Irma! Scary 180 MPH winds! Our thoughts are with everyone in the path of the storms. And meanwhile, we here in the Bay Area have just broken all records for heat over the last weekend. As I write this, the fog has returned to the coast, and we are feeling great relief. 

With travels across the US, the last month was full of beauty and so many high points. It's been so long since I have been in the middle of the country, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, stopping to visit violin shops in Missouri and to watch slow-moving green-brown rivers drift past intensely green trees. And to finish off the month, Tom Rozum and I spent three days on the Tuolumne River. The tributaries have more water than I have seen in probably twenty years up there, and the swimming was superb.

Meanwhile, waiting for me at home was the newest member of our family: a beautiful OM-28 style guitar made by Preston Thompson of Sisters, OR. What a sweetie it is! I'll be using it at Tom's and my duo shows, so come on up and take a closer look. I generally don't name my instruments, but I think this one wants to be called Buttermilk. She's going to be with me a long time. Why Buttermilk? If you think you have the answer, write and let me know!

Wednesday, September 13, will mark the eighth annual Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration, at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. Once a year, we take this opportunity to revel in the vast repertoire of the Father of Bluegrass Music. Our guests this year include Seattle's own Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, Monroe mandolin disciple Butch Waller, and fiddler/singer Amy Scher. 

Tom, Patrick, Brandon, Sam and I wake up the next morning and take off for the smoky Northwest, playing up and down Oregon and Washington, with a foray into British Columbia. As soon as we get back home, I will be flying to Raleigh, NC, to give a speech inducting Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame. I feel such gratitude and pride to be given this task. 
 
If you are anywhere near our traveling route, please come see us if you can. And fight for our clear water, clean air, and wild places. 

Laurie Lewis
Laurie Lewis Hiking in Utah
The Utah countryside, I-70  photo by Tom Rozum
Mon Tot Hur!
UPCOMING APPEARANCES

FRI, SEPT 8
Laurie Lewiswith 
Nina Gerber
Tribute to the Travelin' Lady:
Rosalie Sorrels Memorial concert
Boise, ID

SAT, SEPT 9 
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
McCloud, CA
September 9, 2017

WED, SEPT 13
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, Butch Waller, Amy Scher, Sam Grisman, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons
Bill Monroe  Birthday Celebration! 
2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA

FRI, SEPT 15 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Sam Grisman
Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church
2828 SE Stephens Street
Portland, OR

SAT, SEPT 16
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Sam Grisman
Phinney Center Concert Hall
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA

SUN, SEPT 17
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Sam Grisman
Bellingham, WA
For directions email info@nancysfarm.com 
or call 360-739-5651
September 17, 2017

MON, SEPT 18 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Sam Grisman
St. James Hall 
3214 West 10th Avenue 
Vancouver, BC V6K 2L2

TUE, SEPT 19 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Sam Grisman 
Quimper Grange Hall
1219 Corona St 
Port Townsend, WA 98368

THUR, SEPT 21 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Sam Grisman
2585 Willamette St. 
Eugene, OR
info: Mike Meyer, mmeyer@efn.org

FRI, SEPT 22 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Sam Grisman
Ashland, OR

SAT, SEPT 23 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman, and Sam Grisman
Arbuckle Dr 
Weaverville, CA 96093
7:00 PM

THUR, SEPT 28
Hazel and Alice induction into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame
Laurie Lewis gives induction speech!
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, NC
FAREWELL, ROSALIE SORRELS 

The world lost an original when Rosalie Sorrels passed away in mid-June. She was a wonderful, wry storyteller, a moving singer and songwriter, whose sharp observations on love and family will be greatly missed. I recorded a song of hers on a tribute album, which will be released this coming Friday night, in Rosalie's home town of  Boise, ID. As of this writing, I don't know how to get hold of it. I'll post more about it when I know more. 
Click here to read The New York Times' beautiful obituary. It's well worth reading.

Here's one of Rosalie's early recordings, showing off her soft, smoky voice. 
 
Walking Down The Lonely Street
 And, because it's so great, here's Rosaie reading her mother's writing about social security:
 
Rosalie Sorrels, reading her mother's story
 
 
SCENES FROM THE ROAD

The bike corral at Rocky Grass  
photo by Tom Rozum
Seitz Violin Shop, St Louis, MO
Seitz Violin Shop, St Louis, MO

QuickSilver Productions
LAURIE AND THE RIGHT HANDS JOIN
QUICKSILVER PRODUCTIONS

We are very thrilled to announce that we have joined the terrific roster of talent with this great booking agency. 
East of the Mississippi, contact Martha Dantzic, (202) 669-3818 cell
West of the Mississippi, contact Rob Miller, (970) 260-6493