Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7:30 Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum Admission: $29 | $32 at the door
It's possible to be a strong female presence in the Bluegrass music world, but you have to be really strong. Laurie is one of the greatest Bluegrass artists, woman or man, because of her consistency over decades, the depth and width of her subject matter, her commitment to the Bluegrass form, and her technical command. Oh yes, and her strength. Laurie's strength manifests in many ways: her commanding presence on stage combined with an emotional vulnerability, the truths in her lyrics, her physical voice which transcends gender, her strong commitment to causes and issues in which she deeply believes, which all resonate with a respect for the land, the natural world, and human mercy and justice.
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum are widely regarded as being among the preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. They formed a musical partnership in 1986, when Tom joined Laurie’s acclaimed band, Grant Street. Between them, they have recorded over twenty albums, as a duo and with their many talented musical friends, including their 1995 Grammy-nominated album “The Oak and the Laurel.” Their latest release, “The Hazel and Alice Sessions,” delves into the repertoire of Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerard, two trailblazing women of bluegrass music.
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! recently stated, Its 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: Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.
One of the preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists, Grammy winner Laurie Lewis is a deeply versatile singer, guitarist and fiddler who came of age in the 1970s Bay Area bluegrass scene, where she submerged herself in both regions historic progressivism and its hardcore commitment to musical tradition: primarily the gospels of Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. She co-founded the all-female Good Ol Persons bluegrass band and later the Grant Street String Band, in which her own songwriting came to the forefront. Nowadays, she plays with a fairly regular roster of the best bluegrass musicians, including Tom Rozum, who will accompany her for the Santa Fe show.
Presented in partnership with SW Roots Music.