Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands
Laurie Lewis is among the best known and best admired bluegrass musicians of either gender in the world. Two-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, she is also a great fiddler and guitar player, an extraordinary songwriter and arranger and a hard-working and effective band leader. She has an astounding range of talents and interests (dance, violin making, long-distance bicycling, and more...). She is one of the founding members of the early 70s bluegrass scene in the Bay Area, playing with many of the artists that found themselves on the west coast at that time. She also won a Grammy for True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe in 1997.
This concert is also the official release for Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands' new CD, which celebrates the work of pioneering bluegrass duo Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. Hazel and Alice were two of the first professional female artists in bluegrass and they paved the way for so many more. Laurie has always been inspired by Hazel and Alice and is herself a trailblazing woman in bluegrass who has now inspired multiple generations as well. The new album features songs written by Hazel and Alice, plus traditional songs from their repertoire.
Be one of the first to get this wonderful new record, which includes young prodigy fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves, Americana songstress Aoife O'Donovan, Alice Gerrard herself, and a duet with Linda Ronstadt.
The Right Hands include Tom Rozum. Since joining forces with Laurie in 1986, Tom's versatility and diverse musical influences come to the fore every night on stage with the band. He plays primarily mandolin with the band, but is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola, and guitar player. His background as a rock and swing musician adds a uniquely satisfying flavor to the band. His rhythmic approach to mandolin especially punctuates the band's repertoire, adding to their on-stage shows a verve and excitement that has become a distinctive feature of their performances. He is a fine lead vocalist, the ideal harmony partner for Laurie.
Chad Manning: has won plaudits as the fiddler with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, is a much-sought-after teacher, and greatly in demand as a session player. Chad has been playing fiddle since the age of 8, and toured the Northwest extensively with his family's band, Homeward Bound. As a teenager Chad twice won Washington State Junior Fiddle Championships. He also placed in the top five in the Junior and Adult divisions at the National Old Time Fiddler's Contest in Weiser, Idaho.
Patrick Sauber: Patrick, a native of Arcadia, CA, has been playing old-time, Cajun, and bluegrass music ever since he can remember. His introduction to performing came at the knee of his father, old-time master fiddler and claw-hammer banjo player Tom Sauber, a stalwart of the traditional music scene in Southern California.
Andrew Conklin is a composer, guitarist, double bassist, sound artist, and teacher. Andrew grew up near Philadelphia, in Wyndmoor, PA, and studied jazz guitar with Philadelphia shredder Ed Scott. He attended Oberlin College, emerging with a bachelor's degree in jazz guitar. He has written pieces for orchestra, chamber ensemble, jazz band, and choir, and his music has been performed across the nation by groups ranging from the Oberlin Jazz Septet to the Germantown Friends School Choir.
For more information about the band visit www.laurielewis.com.
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