Spruce and Maple Music

Production Credits


"With her quick decision making and strong direction, we tracked all the basics for 12 songs on our album in just two 10-hour days at Bird and Egg Studio. Laurie got every member of the band to focus on getting the best performances we all had in us. That is how it should be in the studio. Every musician walked away from those two days of live tracking agreeing that was one of the best recording sessions any of us had been a part of, and that Laurie was a key ingredient. We are all lucky to have her sharing her heartfelt music and guiding the next generation of bluegrass and Americana musicians." – Hassan El-Tayyab, American Nomad


Aside from production work on her own recordings, Laurie Lewis has produced the following recordings. She says, "It is my goal to help the artist realize his or her vision, to help guide and capture great performances, and make what can be a daunting and difficult task as easy as possible, so that the art itself can flow." Contact info@spruceandmaplemusic.com for more information.

Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan ~ Lovers Tree, Radio Rhythm Records

Lovers Tree

On their fifth CD, Russell & Kaplan traverse a wide Americana landscape, stopping at musical landmarks along the way, tipping their hat to Village folkies, Laurel Canyon troubadours, string bands, blues divas, jazz cats and Bakersfield cowboys........ >>More .

American Nomad ~ Country Mile

American Nomad

American Nomad, the musical brain child of singer-songwriters Hassan El-Tayyab and Shiloh Parkerson, is an award winning acoustic group firmly rooted in the flourishing Bay Area Americana scene. Drawing on influences ranging from bluegrass, folk, swing, blues, and soul, their music creates a classic sound that is brand new, while still embracing the Americana genre. Country Mile is the band’s debut full-length release, produced by Grammy award winning bluegrass and folk musician Laurie Lewis on her Spruce and Maple Music label........ >>More .

T Sisters ~ Kindred Lines

T Sisters

The TSisters are an authenic family band from Oakland, California. The group’s subtle throwback aesthetic calls to mind classic trios past, from the Andrews Sisters and 1960′s girl groups to the sirens from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Anchored by diverse influences spanning folk, country, gospel, Americana and early-90′s R&B, each sister brings a unique vocal and lyrical style to a repertoire that is at once modern and timeless. ........ >>More

Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman ~ We Made It Home
Maker/Mender Records MM1002

Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman

San Francisco Bay Area-based duo Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman have crammed a lot of milestones into the two + years they have been playing together.  Following the release of Melody's critically acclaimed debut album Gold Rush Goddess, Melody and Jacob have toured all over the US as a duo and in the up-and-coming progressive bluegrass band Front Country......... >>More

Alice Gerrard ~ Bittersweet

Alice Gerrard

For 40 years, Alice Gerrard has been an inspirational figure in the world of American roots music. A pioneering voice of women in bluegrass, Gerrard's seminal early work with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens on Rounder Records and Smithsonian Folkways directly encouraged multiple generations of artists, from bluegrass stars like Tim O'Brien and Hot Rize, to country stalwarts like The Judds and Emmylou Harris, even Bob Dylan! Throughout her long and legendary career, Gerrard has performed and recorded with some of the most cherished names in bluegrass and old-time music. ....... >>More

Wendy Burch Steel ~ Open Wings, Dragonfly Bridge Music

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Wendy's music is a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of folk, old time, country, bluegrass and blues. "Open Wings" features Wendy's deft angelic voice, spiritually touching original material and a panoply of incredible Grammy nominated and Grammy winning musicians, among them Todd Phillips, Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, John Schott, Chad Manning, and producer Laurie Lewis.


"Open Wings offers a mix of original and cover tracks that keeps the listener engaged from first song to last. ........ >>More

David Thom ~ That Old Familiar, Swollen Records SW11016

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A collection of stellar Americana and bluegrass songs from former Grisman guitarist David Thom, of the David Thom Band.


"That Old Familiar" is a solo CD from California acoustic artist, David Thom. David teamed up with Grammy-winner Laurie Lewis (producer) to record this CD between May and August of 2011. The CD ranges from driving bluegrass to tender country ballads, and features some of California's most talented players on today's acoustic scene. Mike Witcher (Peter Rowan Band), Chad Manning (David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands), Patrick Sauber (banjo, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands), Paul Shelasky (Lost Highway, David Thom Band), Tom Rozum (Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands), banjo master Bill Evans, and Laurie herself, to name a few. The CD features songs from lesser known writers like Dave Alvin and Emma Smith, original songs from David, classic bluegrass and even a cover of the classic "Lucille" of Kenny Rogers fame. A wonderful mosaic of Americana and bluegrass that flows together like it's one long, sweet song. ......... >>More

Nell Robinson ~ Loango

Nell Robinson

"A stellar cast of local musicians, including members of the Jaybirds, joins Nell on the album. Laurie Lewis and Jim Nunally produced the songs on the album, and their careful blend of musicians and songs gives each song its own special setting. "In My Dear Old Southern Home" is an old Jimmie Rodgers song, and the image of an old home cabin is graced with a yodeling duet from Laurie and Nell. Nell and Keith Little blend their voices in "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again," and John Reischman's mandolin, Nick Hornbuckle's banjo and Greg Spatz's fiddle just invite a nostalgic sing-a-long. Southern hospitality would dictate that any visitor would be treated to the best in the house, and Nell's songs have a love of life and a joy of discovery that will make you pull up a rocker and rest a spell".

~ Reviewed by Brenda Hough, Bluegrass Breakdown, California Bluegrass Association, November 2009 ........ >>More

Ray Bierl ~ Any Place I Hang My Hat

Ray Bierl

"With the perfect timing of a master storyteller, Bierl holds this listener engrossed every time I hear [Phantom 309]; even though I've heard the story so many times before. . . . [a] completely enjoyable album. . ."
~ Mike Regenstreif - Sing Out! Magazine (Mar 28, 2008)

"No one knows how to weave you into a song quite like Ray Bierl. the music on this record is down home elegant. You can hear the highway in his voice. From road dust to Stardust and every town in between."
~ Tom Waits, from the CD liner notes

"This is currently my favorite album. Ray Bierl has always been my favorite live performer, but I haven't heard him for many years. This is his first real solo album. The song selection and the recording and performing are all amazing. No one will ever perform Big Joe and Phantom 309 as good as Ray. Also, I heard new great lyrics in the song that weren't in it when Tom Waits and I learned the song from Ray many years ago. I cannot say enough about how great this record is and what a treasure to all of American music Ray Bierl is. The best version I ever heart of "The Old Chisolm Trail" is on this record. I remember Ray saying that he thought all those folk songs he learned in elementary school were silly. Then he said he later realized it was the school that was silly, but the songs themselves were actually great. Please make another album soon!"
~ Jack Tempchin, CD Baby ........ >>More

Susie Glaze~ Green Kentucky Blues

Susie Glaze

"On "Green Kentucky Blues," Glaze is backed up by the best of West Coast bluegrass musicians. The album is thoughtfully produced by Laurie Lewis, who brought in fellow pickers Tom Rozum, Herb Pedersen, Mike Witcher, Dennis Caplinger, Rick Cunha, Tom Sauber, Patrick Sauber, Bill Bryson, and Rob Carlson. Glaze has found a love for the original compositions of Jean Ritchie. Three are featured here, including "West Virginia Mine Disaster" and "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore." There are seven songs penned by Rob Carlson, including three cowritten with Laurie Lewis that includes the title cut and "I Only Dream Of You," a wonderful duet sung by Glaze and Rick Cunha."
~ Bluegrass Unlimited

"Susie Glaze's voice at once is sweet and tough. Laurie Lewis' sure production guarantees authenticity and strong performance...On a singer's album like this the songs are key...Smart selections. Strong lilting album."
~ Sing Out!

"If you also know that bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis sat on the buttons during the recording, it needs no further argument that this is a prize cow face."
~ Marcel, www.Rootstime.be (translated from the original Dutch by Google)
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Leah Larson ~ Long Journey

Leah Larson

"Lonely, broken hearts mix nicely with timeless messages about home, courage, and optimism. Leah Larson has a lot of soul and creativity, and she associates herself with talented musicians who share her insight and spirit.

~ Joe Ross

"Just when I lose faith in the purity of the human voice and the beauty of acoustic instruments recorded realistically, along comes a wonderful record like Long Journey by Leah Larson. She and co-producer Laurie Lewis have fused mountain music with contemporary and classic tunes."
~ T. Druckenmiller, Sing Out!, 2005 ........ >>More

Deidre McCalla ~ Playing For Keeps

Diedre McCalla
"You go girl! This CD mixes the perfect combination of solid music, great singing, energy and conviction. While McCalla's lyrics keep their edge, the production is more rounded and polished than her previous releases... McCalla is no newcomer to the music scene, which makes Playing for Keeps an even more exhilarating example of her talent. I advise keeping it for playing."
~ R Warr, Sing Out!, 2004 ........ >>More

Charles Sawtelle ~ Music from Rancho de Ville

Charles Sawtelle
"This posthumously released CD was partially completed when Charles died of leukemia in 1999. His best friend, Laurie Lewis, finished up the project and brought along many of the top names in bluegrass and old-time music, including David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, Norman Blake, Michael Doucet and Flaco Jimenez. And they honor their fallen comrade with inspired performances on, not just bluegrass but old-time, Cajun, even Tex-Mex music. More than an artifact of his interests, this CD shows Sawtelle to be a true and vital contemporary acoustic music artist who, with great respect for tradition, created adventurous, thoroughly enjoyable music. I was touched by the affectionate comments in the liner notes by his peers about Charles as a person and about his dedication and integrity as a musician. And it shows. This is just a damn fine CD. Released Feb. '01."
~ Reviewed by Kevin Russell ........... >>More

Singing to the Ghosts ~ Steve Edmunds, El Jaleo Records 002

Singing to the Ghosts

A Honky Tonk hosanna to the human condition, a dirt-road ode to mortality, staring down futility and bitterness, a lyric balm to the mournful and weary, replete with tasty guitar licks, and unforgettable lines on every track........ >>More .

Steve Edmunds ~ Lonesome on the Ground

Steve Edmunds

"Steve Edmunds' collection of self-penned songs, Lonesome on the Ground, makes me wish I was in California... warm and easy feeling, making music with good friends. (I think people who say unkind things about California are mad, because they're cold.) Steve's album was produced by Laurie Lewis, who also accompanies him, along with a can't be beat bunch, including Nina Gerber on guitar, Barbara Higbie at the piano, Tom Rozum on mandolin, and a cast of sterling supporting players. Steve explores love, loss, alienation, and longing, singing with style and grace. (My particular favorite is "Rockabye Moon," a kind of lullaby that reminds us of how we need fathers to sing to their children.) Sit and listen, and wherever you are, you'll be transported to a warm summer night, sitting around a campfire, drinking good wine with friends, and rocking gently to a Western tune."
~ Rosalie Sorrels........ >>More

Tom Rozum ~ Jubilee

Tom Rozum

"Stepping out as a bandleader for the first time, Tom Rozum has produced one of the better surprises of the year with Jubilee. Although best-known for his mandolin and guitar work with Laurie Lewis & Grant Street, here his talent shines with an all-star supporting cast and a tasteful collection of songs and styles. Leading off with a smooth bluegrass take on Don Helms' (Hank Williams' steel player) "Don't Fix Up the Doghouse" and following with a decidedly offbeat version of Merle Haggard's "One Sweet Hello" that recalls Uncle Walt's Band at its most tropical, Rozum sets up the listener for just about anything and then gladly follows through. Aided by Lewis, Herb Pedersen, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall and a host of today's top pickers, he chooses rather obscure material from the likes of the Louvin Brothers ("Love Is a Lonely Street"), Bill Monroe ("On the Old Kentucky Shore"), Ralph Stanley ("Sweet Sally Brown"), Irving Berlin ("Without My Walking Stick") and David Olney ("Walk Downtown"), giving each his own spin, yet with an understated amount of polish and just a hint of good humor".

~ Jim Caligiuri, No Depression #18, Nov/Dec '98........... >>More

Peter McLaughlin ~ Cliffs of Vermilion

Peter McLaughlin

"McLaughlin's credentials include winning the National Flatpicking Guitar Championships and playing with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street since 1991, but his flatpicking prowess hasn't yet received much attention. That should change with this record, a strong solo effort produced by Lewis with contributions from Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Tom Rozum, McLaughlin's brother David, and other top players. McLaughlin's flatpicking is tasteful, clean, and melodic, and the disc includes a great version of "Cotton Patch Rag." McLaughlin is also a talented composer; his instrumentals "Augusta Ridge" and "Picking Peppers" could easily become campfire standards."
~ David McCarty, Acoustic Guitar......... >>More

Erica Wheeler ~ The Harvest

Erica Wheeler

"Some listeners give a CD a quick thumbs down if it doesn't grab them immediately. Here's a cure: stop, smell the roses, give Erica Wheeler's The Harvest your complete attention. The more I listen, the more I find the album studded with poetic gems. With some lyrically-oriented singer-songwriters, the poetry is puzzling and frustrating. Erica's new material, in contrast, is as clear is it's poetic and precise.

Produced and arranged by bluegrass queen Laurie Lewis, this CD features a noteworthy cast of musicians behind Erica's vocals and guitar, from the rousing fiddle of Darol Anger on Spirit Lake to the melancholic cello of Mark Summer on Autumn.

A mixture of lyrical beauty and emotional honesty, with a sampling of styles, from mellow and acoustic to hot bluegrass, make The Harvest an album you'll listen to again and again."
~ Edited by Steve Brooks, Copyright 1997, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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"Thanks to better distribution and her own continued artistic growth, The Harvest proved to be Erica Wheeler's breakthrough to a wider national audience."
~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

"Erica Wheeler delivers the goods on The Harvest and she deserves to be compared to her talented folk contemporaries even as she is being declared an original voice for her generation."
~ New Britain Herald........ >>More

Scott Nygarrd ~ No Hurry

Scott Nygaard
"No Hurry is a veritable smorgasbord of what can be done with six strings and a flatpick. Equal parts tradition and original tunes, this all-instrumental recording combines influences as far reaching as old-time fiddle music, bluegrass, swing and bebop into an intriguing, infectious mix."
~ Acoustic Guitar ........ >>More