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Fern at Menucha
A fern scroll, Menucha Center, OR

Dear Companions, 

In last month's newsletter, I made a statement about the weather: "We probably won't see rain again here until the Fall." How wrong I was. The following week, California received the largest recorded downpour since 1849. So no more weather prognostications for me!

Also last month I reported that Missy Raines had recorded my song, Swept Away. This month, I am happy to report that she has released a video of the song, including the entire lineup of musicians: Sierra Hull on mandolin, Becky Buller on fiddle, Alison Brown on banjo, Molly Tuttle on guitar, and of course Missy on bass and vocals. I mentioned that they call themselves The First Ladies of Bluegrass, but neglected to explain why. It's because they have all broken the glass ceiling in the bluegrass world by becoming the first women to win the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association's awards in each of their instrument's categories. Pretty cool that they can make a full band out of it, and very special for me that they chose my song to record. Here's the video:

Swept Away
Swept Away

Meanwhile, I have a video out, too! While I was in Atlanta, GA, last month, I had a short visit with my new friend, Chubbly. Thanks to David Stephens for capturing it on video.

Skip to My Lou, with Chubbly and Laurie
Skip to My Lou, with Chubbly and Laurie

I have just returned from the most lovely four days at Bluegrass in the Gorge with Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman and Justin Hiltner, held at the Menucha Retreat Center, which is perched on the edge of the Columbia River Gorge near Portland. By all accounts, this first year was a success, and we are planning on doing it again next year. Stay tuned here for more information. 
Columbia river Gorge
 A car-window view along the Columbia River Gorge. Only minutes before, we saw mountain goats grazing on the cliff-sides.
photo by Tom Rozum

I have been producing a wonderful bunch of songs for Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan over the last too-many months. They were supposed to have their CD release concert on May 11, but due to the circumstances of my schedule, we didn't finish it in time. So I will be at their concert, personally taking orders for their forthcoming CD. Join us May 11 at the Pt Richmond Acoustic Music Series. And pre-order the CD from me. It has been a pleasure to work with them.

We are happy to be spending Bluegrass Month in California. If you are anywhere near our traveling route, please come see us if you can. If you are far away, consider spreading the word to your family and friends. And join us in the fight for our clear water, clean air, and wild places.

Laurie Lewis


Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Private Event
Del Mar, CA

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman 
and Sam Grisman 
Del Mar Powerhouse 
Del Mar, CA

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands:
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Brandon Godman and Sam Grisman 

Boulevard Music
Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 

FRI, MAY 18 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands with special guest Molly Tuttle 

Also playing:
 Sean Watkins with the Bee Eaters, Crying Uncle  
and on the Gallery Stage:
 Fog Holler 
Berkeley Bluegrass Festival
Freight and Salvage 
2020 Addison
Berkeley, CA


The Phantoms of the High Country: 
Pat Enright, Butch Waller, Larry Cohea, Paul Shelasky, Ed Neff, Gene Tortora, and Laurie Lewis 

Also playing:
 Molly Tuttle, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado  
and on the Gallery Stage: 
Bluegrass Pride
Berkeley Bluegrass Festival
Freight and Salvage 
2020 Addison
Berkeley, CA 

SUN, MAY 20  

More of the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, 
with Darol Anger and The Blur-Grass All-Stars (John Jorgensen, Joe Walsh, Keith Little, Sharon Gilchrist); Bill Evans, Max Schwartz and the Page Turners; The Get Down Boys 
and on the Gallery Stage: 
North Country Blue 
We're not playing this day, but it's such a good lineup that we thought we'd list it anyway.
Berkeley Bluegrass Festival
Freight and Salvage 
2020 Addison
Berkeley, CA

PLUS all day Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, the festival will feature FREE workshops, seminars, a square dance, and lots of jamming opportunities!

SAT, JUN 2  
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Thompsonia (Suzy, Eric and Allegra Thompson), Jenner Fox, and Lark 

River of Song A Celebration of the San Joaquin River
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno
2672 E Alluvial Ave
Fresno, CA
A Benefit for Friends of the River and Revive the San Joaquin
Sponsored by the Fresno Folklore Society and UU Green Sanctuary Team   

THU, JUN 7  
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Blame Sally, Thompsonia,
 and Jenner Fox 
River of Song A Musical Celebration of California's Life-Giving Waters
A benefit for The Foothill Conservancy and Friends of the River
Freight and Salvage 
2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA

Tugboat on the columbia River
We watched a tugboat push a barge laden with trees under the Bridge of the Gods, on the Columbia River.  Photo by Tom Rozum


Come and join Tom Rozum and me as we spend five nights and six days on the
Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho this summer. The Middle Fork is considered the "Champagne of Whitewater Rafting." Noted for its generally crystal-clear waters, abundant wildlife sightings, hot springs, fishing opportunities, and excellent campsites, this six-day, five-night trip is not to be missed. If you have been contemplating joining us on a trip for years, this is the one! If you have been on our trips in the past, we welcome you back.

August 20-25, 2018
Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Click below for details 
and reservations:
And just added:
The Tuolumne River!
July 24-26
Click here for information 
Tom and I have been rafting the mighty "T" for at least 25 years, seeing it through drought and flood. I would hate to miss a single year! 
Tom Rozum

It has been a long time since Tom's critically-acclaimed solo CD has been available for sale. We are happy to announce that it is once again in stock. You can order your very own copy here.

If you didn't have a chance to hear Tommy and the Rozumatics this last December, make your plans now to hear them at the Kate Wolf Music Festival, Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29.

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands are represented by

Interested in tracking us down to play for you? Please inquire through Quicksilver.
East of the Mississippi, contact Martha Dantzic, (202) 669-3818 cell
West of the Mississippi, contact Rob Miller, (970) 260-6493

Swinging Bridge at the Alabama Folk School
The swinging bridge on the grounds of the Alabama Folk School. Of course I had to cross and explore the other side.  
Laurie Lewis/Spruce and Maple Music
 510.548-3021  PO Box 9417, Berkeley, CA  94709

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