Laurie Lewis



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Hawaii Sea Turttle
My swimming partner, Anini Beach, Kauai, HI


since I have been able to sit down and write to you.Things have been moving along swiftly, like a river in Spring flood. Tom Rozum and I successfully completed our annual Aloha Tour, which included a serendipitous swim with thegreen sea turtle, above. This feller (or gal) probably weighs about 200 pounds. We came home to some actual, very welcome rain here in Northern California. Not enough, by a long shot, and we are facing the driest year in the Far West in recorded history. Every day, we wake to clear blue skies and warm weather, which, I'll admit, is good for bike riding, but ominous. But enough! Let's have some good news. It's raining right now!


Today, I am in the mastering studio with American Nomad, putting the finishing touches on their new CD, which I produced. I'll let you know when it's available, because I know you'll want to hear them! Hassan El-Tayyab, Shiloh Parkerson and their fine band were recently featured on a KQED TV special on community arts scenes. Check it out here.

In the Studio with American Nomad | KQED Arts

In the Studio with American Nomad 
 KQED Arts

I have had the great good fortune of working with Oakland's talented T Sisters on their new CD, "Kindred Lines," which is due out any time now. They have a fundraising campaign going on right now, with 19 days to go. They are offering lots of great and inventive premiums. Check it out here, and be on the ground floor of what I'm sure will be a long and fruitful career for these gals. Here's their video, to get you in the mood:

T Sisters

T Sisters Fundraising Video


Tom Rozum and I had an exhausting and exhilarating time at the Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City, MO, this last weekend. So much great music, and way too much going on all the time. One of the highlights was getting a chance to hear and see a presentation on climate change from Al Gore. Very thought-provoking, inspirational and, yes,  heart-breaking. I couldn't help but think of Lyons, CO, and the devastation wrought there by the historic floods this last year. That community has really banded together and come out of the ordeal stronger than ever. We'll be spending time there this summer at the RockyGrass Academy and Festival. 


My friend and most inspiring human being, Laurey Masterton, succumbed to cancer on Tuesday, February 18, at the age of 59. Her first bout with cancer was at the age of 25, and she had lived with it in one form or another most of her life. We first met in the late 1980's when she was a fiddle student of mine at the Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins, WV. She and I shared a love of music, bicycles, bees, and food. My participation in the CA AIDS bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 1996 inspired Laurey to start riding for causes, and she flung herself into it, riding her bike through rain and snow in Alaska, crossing the entire continental Unites States and participating in many smaller rides, raising money to fight ovarian cancer. She started a catering business which she grew into a wonderful deli, restaurant, and community center in Asheville, NC. If you're ever there, visit Laurey's on Biltmore and experience a bit of her legacy. Pick up one of her bumper stickers, or a t-shirt emblazoned with the words she lived by: "Don't Postpone Joy."Good advice!

Laurey Masterton

TEDxAsheville - Laurey Masterton - Bikes, Bees and Cooking for Survival

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Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum
Wintergrass Dinner Show, 5:30 PM
Eques Restaurant
Hyatt Regency Hotel
You don't need a Festival Ticket to come have dinner with us!
Bellevue, WA

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber, Sharon Gilchrist 
Oaksong Society Concert Series
Pilgrim Congregational Church (Frank Lloyd Wright designed!)
2850 Foothill Blvd. 
Redding, CA

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber, Sharon Gilchrist 
House concert
Sacramento, CA

SAT, MAR 15 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber, Sharon Gilchrist 
Redwood Bluegrass Associates concert
First Presbyterian Church 
1667 Miramonte Avenue 
Mountain View, CA

Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber 
Freight and Salvage 
2020 Addison St 
Berkeley, CA

Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber 
Private house concert 
Gilroy, CA

Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber 
The Red Barn 
Los Osos, CA

Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber 
Aromas Grange
Aromas, CA

I have been getting great response from my mailing list readers about the new recording, so I've decided to extend our offer another month.
As a way of saying thanks to you, our all-important listeners, I am offering my new CD, One Evening in May, for a pay-as-much-as-you-like fee. Anything over $3.00 to cover mailing will be accepted. Just send us a donation through PayPal to, with your mailing address, and we will get it out to you immediately! Or send a check or money order to:
Spruce and maple Music, PO Box 9417, Berkeley, CA 94709
One Evening in May by Laurie Lewis  
The CD, recorded live at the Freight and Salvage on May 8, 2013, features Nina Gerber on electric guitar; and Tom Rozum on mandolin, mandola, guitar and vocals; and me of course, on guitar, fiddle and vocals. Joining us are the T Sisters and Tristan Clarridge. The 15 songs include many written on my retreat in Wyoming in the Winter of 2012, and the performances have that shimmering excitement of their newness about them. The CD is in a lovely letterpress package designed by Tom Rozum and printed by Stumptown Printers. It's a joy to hold in the hand.

Here is a nifty video of the letterpress machine at work:
Stumptown Printers, "One Evening in May"

Tom Rozum and I will be teaching harmony singing, along with other stuff,  at the following music camps this summer:

JUNE 8-11
California Bluegrass Association Music Camp
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Grass Valley, CA

JULY 21-24
RockyGrass Academy
Lyons, CO

Bluegrass Week
Augusta Heritage Arts Workshops
Davis and Elkins College
Elkins, WV

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!
 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. 

Rogue River, Southern Oregon 
Northwest Rafting Company
July 15-19, 2014

Tuolumne River, near Yosemite, California
ARTA River Trips
August 7-9

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.
I'm in Love with a River Guide
I'm in Love With a River Guide

Laurie Lewis

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