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The Right Hands L-R: Chad Manning, Laurie Lewis, Sharon Gilchrist, Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber Photo: Tim Konrad
...AND I THOUGHT I'D HAVE FREE TIME!
Greetings, friends and neighbors,
I am caught in a work crunch of magnificent proportions right now, rushing to finish the recording of Kathy Kallick's and my new tribute album to the music of Vern & Ray, two of our early California bluegrass heroes. We are having the CD release show at the California Bluegrass Association's Fathers' Day Festival this June. The material is so fun that we keep recording more and more songs. We have more than enough for one volume and not quite enough for two at this point. In addition, Tom Rozum, Nina Gerber and I will be out touring and playing the material from my new CD, ONE EVENING IN MAY.
FAREWELL, SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK L-R: Frank Edmonson, Sam Bush, Nick Forster, Ms. Black, John Cowan, Laurie Lewis, Dick Van Kleeck
The above photo, from my archives, was taken at the American Ambassador's residence in Prague, where Shirley Temple Black held a party in our honor. We were on a three-week USIA tour at the time, and visited Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Turkey. Ms. Black was thoroughly charming, just as you might expect (she told me that I reminded her of her daughter, also named Laurie, who also played the violin). She was a bright star.
SIX MINUTES OF FAME
I am the subject a a great video produced by Amy Miller for KQED TV. Check it out here:
Laurie Lewis Brings Berkeley Roots to a Bluegrass Sound All Her Own KQED Arts
In addition, KQED has created two full-length song videos:
Laurie Lewis, "The Crooked Miles" KQED Arts
Laurie Lewis, "Sailing Boat" KQED Arts
(I really should be shouting this from the rooftops, but modesty prevails)
A few years ago, I had the great good fortune of recording a duet with the great Linda Ronstadt, for inclusion on a tribute album to the late Hazel Dickens. That album has gotten hung up somewhere along the line, and hasn't yet seen the light of day. But my cut with Linda will be included in her forthcoming album entitled Linda Ronstadt-The Duets. I will be sharing space on the disc with such luminaries as Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Carl Jackson,Aaron Neville, and Frank Sinatra! WOW! I am so very pleased and honored to be included in this collection! Read all about it here. This CMT EDGE page has our song embedded, and you can hear a sneak preview there.
RIVER TRIPS 2014
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, 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.
To get you in the mood, here's my silly ode to the river gods:
I'm in Love With a River Guide
P.S. It's raining!
THU, APR 3 , 8:00 PM Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber
CD Release show, ONE EVENING IN MAY Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison St Berkeley, CA
FRI, APR 4, 8:00 PM Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber
CD release tour, ONE EVENING IN MAY
Private house concert Gilroy, CA
SAT, APR 5, 8:00 PM Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber
CD release tour, ONE EVENING IN MAY The Red Barn Los Osos, CA
SUN, APR 6 Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber
CD release tour, ONE EVENING IN MAY Aromas Grange Aromas, CA
TUE, APR 15, 8:00 PM
DOS DUOS Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
with Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman Sierra Nevada Big Room
THU, APR 17, 8:00 PM
DOS DUOS Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
with Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman Don Quixote's
6275 Highway 9
FRI, APR 18 , 8:00 PM
DOS DUOS Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
with Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman Throckmorton Theatre
Mill Valley, CA
FRI, APR 25 Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick sing the music of Vern & Ray Mighty Fine Guitars
SAT, APR 26, 8:00 PM Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick sing the music of Vern & Ray
DEBUT OF MUSIC FROM OUR FORTHCOMING CD! St Cyprian's Church
2097 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA
Jam Session 5 to 7:30 FREE Please note that this event features that rarest and most valuable commodity in San Francisco - FREE PARKING. The parking lot for Blood Centers of the Pacific is located two blocks away at he corner of Turk and Masonic. Buy Tickets Here
"It would be hard to fault any artist who opts to open their live set with a lilting version of a familiar standby like "Ring of Fire," but happily, with the 14 songs that follow, Lewis, Rozum and Gerber prove that they're not dependent on familiarity in order to sway the masses.
Utilizing three voices locked in perfect harmony and a traditional tapestry consisting of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, mandola and guitar, these veteran players charm and caress via a set of weathered originals and the occasional cover.
Recorded live in concert, One Evening In May offers a soothing and sublime respite that fully reflects the music's gentle embrace. That stirring yet unobtrusive pastiche is reflected in each of these songs, with "Barstow," "I'm Missing You Tonight," "Kisses" and "The Crooked Miles" stirring those sentiments into an essential Americana brew. One would be hard-pressed to find a more charming and yet tasteful display."
And a feature on the very cool website Engine 145:
"Bluegrass songstress Laurie Lewis has been making music for nearly 40 years, and she just keeps getting better. This morning we're pleased to premiere 'Sailing Boat,' a warm, folky cut from her new live album, One Evening in May, which was recorded last year at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, California. Joined by Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber, Lewis - a two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year - turned in a fine set that included a number of well-written originals (be sure to seek out 'Barstow,' which unfolds like a novel) as well as sharp covers of "Ring of Fire" and Merle Haggard's 'One Sweet Hello.'"
I've also gotten some stellar reviews from listeners on the Amazon website, and we LOVE that you are so supportive! Thanks to everyone who took time to write.
The album is available here, or from us wherever we happen to be traveling.
2014 MUSIC CAMPS
(just kidding... only 3 camps, not 2014)
Tom Rozum and I will be teaching harmony singing, along with other stuff, at the following music camps this summer:
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!
If you have been diligently following my newsletter rambles, you will have at least gleaned the idea that I have something to do with the record label Spruce and Maple Music. At first, it was solely an outlet for my own music, but lately it has become just a little bit more, with the inclusion of the new Alice Gerrard CD to the catalog. I am so pleased with this album! Please check it out, and while you're at it peruse the entire catalog. There's some good stuff there, even if I do say so myself. ~Laurie