The Del Mar Foundation's
Cultural Arts ommittee
proudly presents

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

IN a special "BLUEGRASS AND BEYOND" performance

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

Del mar powerhouse
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018

7:30 pm
(doors open at 7:00pm)

2017 Grammy nominee (bluegrass album)

Two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year

 

 

“One of the contemporary acoustic music scene’s most skilled and enduring performers”
- Acoustic Guitar

"Her voice is a rare combination of grit and grace, strength and delicacy. Her stories are always true." - Linda Ronstadt


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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 

Note to First Thursdays subscribers:
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands will be performing the First Thursdays program
on May 3. You are welcome to buy tickets for this Friday program, which will be a longer performance, but we want to make sure you are aware of the Thursday show before buying Friday tickets.

 

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$20 general admission
$35 patron/reserved seating


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About Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has won the respect and admiration of her peers. Linda Ronstadt speaks for many when she says of Laurie: “Her voice is a rare combination of grit and grace, strength and delicacy. Her stories are always true.” 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.

In 1974, she helped found an all-female bluegrass band called the Good Ol’ Persons. Next was a group called Old Friends, and in 1979, the Grant Street String Band. Laurie's solo recording debut, Restless Rambling Heart, co-produced with Tim O’Brien and released on Flying Fish Records in 1986, featured seven of Laurie’s original songs. The release of that album sparked interest in Laurie as a performing songwriter and bluegrass bandleader, paving the way for a career as a touring musician. Laurie has since recorded nearly 20 albums in a number of musical formats for such labels as Flying Fish, Rounder, Hightone, Sugar Hill, Kaleidoscope and her own label, Spruce & Maple Music. Her latest album with her band the Right Hands (Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber and Andrew Conklin), The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the “Best Bluegrass Recording” Grammy in 2017.

In 1986, Laurie started performing and recording with the gifted mandolinist and singer, Tom Rozum. Their musical collaboration has now spanned more than three decades. “A huge part of my music,” Laurie says, “is knowing that I have a partner and a voice like that to sing the harmonies. And he’s really important in terms of arranging.” Producing has become an increasingly important part of Laurie’s work in music. In addition to her own recordings, she has produced 14 records and counting. In 2012, Laurie jumped at the chance to produce an album for one of her musical heroes, Alice Gerrard, for Alice’s first CD of all-original material.

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in Nashville has bestowed several awards upon Laurie, including Female Vocalist of the Year (twice); Song of the Year for her recording of “Who Will Watch the Home Place”; and shared awards for Album of the Year for True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe and Recorded Event of the Year for True Life Blues and Follow Me Back to the Fold: A Tribute to Women in Bluegrass.

Though her music transcends the formal limitations of style and genre, Laurie Lewis still sees herself as a bluegrass musician. “I’ve always thought that bluegrass was basically a singer-songwriter with string band,” she explains. “Think Bill Monroe, Carter Stanley, Lester Flatt, etc. I like to think that I fit that description and trajectory of the music rather well.”