ALAMOSA — Society Hall at 400 Ross Avenue in Alamosa is thrilled to host Grammy winning fiddler, singer-songwriter and bandleader Laurie Lewis, with her all-star band the Right Hands, in concert Friday, July 21st at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and are available online at www.societyhall.org, or in Alamosa at the Green Spot.
Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer, and educator, and is one of the most well-known vocalists and instrumentalists in bluegrass.
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, now a member of her band the Right Hands. Laurie has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
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.
Laurie grew up studying classical violin, but was swept away by the folk music of the Berkeley (California) Folk Festival and began learning banjo and guitar, only later connecting her classical violin training to folk and bluegrass fiddling. She also began finding her voice as a songwriter in the early 1980s, leading to her first album as a solo artist, Restless Rambling Heart, co-produced with Tim O’Brien and released on Flying Fish Records in 1986, featuring 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 her 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.
Lewis has also become a sought-after record producer, with 14 albums to her credit, working with some of the biggest names in bluegrass and acoustic music. She is also a committed music educator, teaching at prestigious camps, festivals and workshops in the U.S. and Canada, such as the Telluride Bluegrass Academy (CO), Puget Sound Guitar Workshop (WA), Swannanoa Gathering (NC), California Bluegrass Association Music Camp (CA) and RockyGrass Academy (CO).