An Old-Time Honky Tonk Bluegrass Night

  • July 10, 2019
  • By Admin: sfbluegrass
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Laurie Lewis is one of the most acclaimed and accomplished performers on the acoustic-music scene today. A stirring vocalist, gifted songwriter, champion fiddler, and topnotch bandleader, she has won a Grammy and twice been named Female Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. With nearly 20 solo, duo, and band albums to her credit, she has just released Blossoms (Spruce and Maple Music), a winning collection of originals and covers that explores new territory while remaining true to her beloved Americana roots.

Tom Rozum¬†has been Laurie’s performing companion since 1986. A renowned mandolinist, he is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola, and guitar player; his vocal duets with Laurie call to mind the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and other greats. Their 1996 CD, The Oak and the Laurel, was nominated for a Grammy, and Tom has also issued a highly regarded solo album, Jubilee.

Together, Laurie and Tom will join forces with the Foghorn Trio to knock back some songs and tunes and generally wallow in their shared love of the era when bluegrass, old-time, honky tonk and hillbilly music were all just called “country.”

Foghorn Trio¬†plays old-time string band music deeply rooted in the American folk tradition. It’s a pre-copyright, post-bluegrass style, but the Foghorns put their own stamp on it. Stephen “Sammy” Lind’s fiddle and Caleb Klauder’s mandolin play tight unison lead lines supported by the bass and guitar of Nadine Landry. It’s a sound that could be coming to you from a big console radio in a 1930’s living room, or an Appalachian front porch; instead it’s being delivered by three players from the thriving old-time music scene of Portland, Oregon. Nadine adds a new element of singing and switches from guitar to bass bringing Cajun and country music to the mix. The Foghorns are highly regarded by traditional music lovers, and frequently perform with Dirk Powell, one of the country’s most renowned musicians of the genre, as the Dirk Powell Band. They further this great tradition through a profound belief that old-time music, played in a traditional way, is still relevant and very much alive in the 21st century.