LAURIE LEWIS AND THE RIGHT HANDS
"I first knew Laurie by her considerable reputation as a fiddle player and a writer of songs. When an opportunity came along to sing with her I seized it. Getting to know her as a singer and a person has been pure pleasure. Her voice is a rare combination of grit and grace, strength and delicacy. Her stories are always true."
--- Linda Ronstadt
"Laurie Lewis' songs combine passion and sheer craft in a way you don't hear very often. Whatever country music is supposed to be, she's at the center of it."
--- Utah Phillips
For over thirty years, Berkeley, California-based band leader/ singer/ songwriter/ fiddler/ guitarist/ bass player Laurie Lewis has quietly established herself as one of the finest, most diversely talented artists in traditional and bluegrass music. As a pioneering woman in bluegrass, Laurie has paved the way for many young women today, always guided by her own love of traditional music and the styles of her heroes that came before. At the same time, she has steadfastly followed her personal muse and remained open to new influences.
Laurie Lewis is easily one of the most popular musicians to grace the Oaksong Music Societys stages. The fact that shes appeared more times and in more musical combinations than any other artist in the history of the Society speaks for itself. In recent years, shes appeared with fellow founding member of The Good Ol Persons, Kathy Kallick, as a member of Roland White And His All-Star Bluegrass Band, and with The Runaways, featuring Kimber Ludiker and Shasta County native Tashina Clarridge. This time, she brings her full band, The Right Hands with her. Included in The Right Hands are Tom Rozum (mandolin and vocals), Brandon Godman (fiddle), Patrick Sauber (banjo and vocals) and Sam Grisman, son of mandolin legend, David Grisman (bass).
Since forming a musical partnership with Tom Rozum in 1986, when Tom first joined Laurie's acclaimed band, Grant Street", Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum have recorded 19 albums and performed around the globe. These two-time Grammy-nominated artists (for their 2016 album, The Hazle and Alice Sessions, and the 1995 album The Oak and the Laurel) are widely regarded as among the leading lights of modern bluegrass and are highly-prized by their peers as sidemen and producers. Laurie has also been twice voted International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, won the IBMA Song Of The Year in 1994 (for compelling interpretation of Kate Long's "Who Will Watch The Home Place", and her album "Love Chooses You" won the 1989-1990 Country Album of the Year designation from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Laurie also performed on both the Grammy-award winning, 1997 IBMA album of the year True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and the Grammy-nominated Ralph Stanley & Friends' release Clinch Mountain Country.
International Bluegrass Music Association executive director Dan Hays calls Laurie "one of the preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time." Acclaimed musician Sam Bush puts it more simply, calling her "a great singer, terrific fiddle player, fine songwriter, and one very good band leader."
Lauries latest two albums pay homage to her bluegrass roots. Grammy-nominated The Hazle and Alice Sessions (2016), is a tribute to Lauries long-time source of musical influence and inspiration, Hazle Dickens and Alice Gerrard. In Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray (2014), Laurie and her old Good Ol Persons bandmate Kathy Kallick present the songs of early mentors Vern Williams and Ray Park. In recent years, Laurie has also produced albums by several young Bay Area musicians, including Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman, American Nomad and Redding favorites, The T Sisters.
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