Berkeley’s Own Laurie Lewis returns to the Freight and Salvage for Her Annual Thanksgiving Concert
& CD Release for One Evening In May, Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum and Nina Gerber
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St
The Sacramento News called her “as fine a singer as anyone on the acoustic music circuit, anywhere in the world.” Billboard praised her ability to “successfully walk the high wire above esoteric country, combining elements of bluegrass and pure country to form her own seamless mix.” Sing Out! magazine recently stated, “It’s not too much of a stretch to suggest that if the “Americana” format wasn’t invented for her, it should have been.” And American folk music icon Utah Phillips boiled it down even further, asserting: “Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.”
Laurie Lewis, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, has been performing a concert in her hometown over the Thanksgiving weekend for over a decade. A Berkeley native, she’s won numerous accolades throughout her long and vibrant career, including the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year multiple times, a Grammy and several Grammy nominations (a local note: she is a member of the Berkeley High School Hall of Fame). Laurie will be joined by her band, The Right Hands, a crackerjack bluegrass outfit featuring some of California’s finest string band musicians. Laurie sings and plays fiddle and guitar. Long-time collaborator Tom Rozum sings and plays mandolin and mandola; Chad Manning (of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience) plays fiddle; Patrick Sauber (of The Main Street Singers from the movie, “A Mighty Wind”) plays banjo; and Sharon Gilchrist (Tony Rice and Peter Rowan) plays bass.
Nina Gerber, hailed by Frets Magazine as "One of the best acoustic and electric guitarists in the folk genre," will join Tom Rozum and Laurie Lewis to perform some of the songs from their new live album. Most of the songs were written while Laurie was on a writing retreat at the Ucross Foundation in Ucross, Wyoming, in November 2012. Recorded live in May, 2013, the recordings captured a freshness that only comes from mutual exploration of new material.
The band will be joined by special guest vocalists, The T Sisters, of Oakland, CA.
Fresh off touring in the Northwest and the Southwest, Laurie and the band will be unveiling new material and delving into their extensive repertoire of favorites.
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