Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands – Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys – Keystone Station
- July 11, 2019
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It doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. She’s Berkeley’s own, she’s won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year multiple times, not to mention a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe, and her Right Hands are about as talented as a band has a right to be. Laurie sings and plays fiddle, if you don’t already know, and she may strum the guitar now and then. Tom Rozum sings and swaps jokes and plays mandolin, Chad Manning plays fiddle, Patrick Sauber plays banjo, and Sharon Gilchrist plays bass. Truth is, they all play a lot of things. If you’ve never heard them before, you need to hear them as soon as you can. And if you’ve already heard them, chances are you want to hear them again.
Since her graduation from Berkeley High several years back, Laurie has become a key figure in bluegrass, traditional, and folk music circles. Tom adds masterful mandolin, mandola, guitar, superb vocals, and his own particular brand of wry humor. The lineup of the Right Hands changes now and then, but the caliber of musicianship always remains high. They’ll make you laugh, they’ll bring a tear to your eye – you won’t want to miss Laurie Lewis and her Right Hands.
Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys have been laying it on the line for Bay Area bluegrass lovers for over a decade. While the band has a great appreciation for traditional bluegrass music, they don’t quite play it straight; they inject a bit of blues, a smidgen of swing, and a whole lot of fun and frenetic energy. Their repertoire includes original bluegrass and versions of popular classics that are distinctively ‘Brewglass’. Belle and the Boys first got together in 1995; the current lineup has been going strong since 2002. They have been featured at all of the major bluegrass festivals in the West, and play regularly at the top bluegrass venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. They released their first album in 2007 (self-titled) and are working toward a 2010 release of a second full-length album. If you like hard-driving bluegrass infused with positive energy and heartfelt showmanship, then Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys will be just your pint of brew!
Keystone Station is a traditional bluegrass band from Marin County, CA, whose members are all veterans on the Bay Area music scene. Keystone Station was built upon the duo Keystone Crossing’s Larry Carlin and Claudia Hampe who had been performing together since 1996, singing the songs of the brother duos from the early days of country and bluegrass music and sharing the stage with such old-time giants as Ralph Stanley, Peter Rowan, David Grisman,and The Laurel Canyon Ramblers. In 2001, the duo expanded their ranks forming Keystone Station who made their grand debut at Sweetwater in Mill Valley in June of that year. The band has played at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the SF Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival, the CBA Veterans Day Festival in Woodland, and they are regulars at Murphy’s in Sonoma.