"This has been a whirlwind month so far. Events around the world are keeping me up nights and waking me up early. Our thoughts are with our friends in Japan, in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake and tsunami there, and with the peaceful demonstrators in the middle East and Wisconsin.
Tom Rozum and I have just returned from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where we played a benefit concert for the Bibliteca Bilingual, along with Eric and Suzy Thompson, Marc Silber, and Maria Muldaur and her fine band. It was a very successful event under blue cloudless skies, and I have been told that we raised enough money to fund the library's education programs for a full year, with perhaps enough left over to put towards scolarship programs for higher education (which in this case often means high school). All in all, a most worthwhile trip!
|Laurie, Peter Rowan and Santiago Jimenez, |
Arhoolie 50th Anniversary
At the beginning of February, we were asked to be part of Arhoolie Records'50th Anniversary Celebration, held over three days at the Freight and Salvage here in Berkeley. It was an amazing event! You can get a little bit of an idea of the magnitude by viewing Mike Melnyk's fine photos, here. I have been tapped to help mix the prospective 4-CD set that Arhoolie is working on.
The next week found Tom and me collaborating with Sammy Lind, Caleb Klauder and Nadine Landry of the Foghorn Trio (see photo above). What a treat that was! We're looking forward to reprising some of our hits at the Wild and Scenic Music Festival in Leavenworth, WA, in August.
I began March playing fiddle in a series of concerts with the great Roland White, out here in Northern California. Roland is a wealth of stories from his days with Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and the Kentucky Colonels. It was a pleasure to be included in his fine band.
And then, of course, The Right Hands were on the bill for Wintergrass, in Bellevue, WA, in late February. What a great festival! One of the highlights fo rus was getting to play and sing a song with the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra. Our friend Renata Bratt arranged my song, "Visualize," for the group. So far, the only footage I have seen is from a shaky hand-held video. Still, it's fun to watch."
We have revamped the
website. Come visit us
to find out where we'll be later in the summer, and to order CD's, songbooks and t-shirts, and to check out the great new photos and layout. Thanks to Jill Cruey for her inspired work!
Editors' Comments: The photo at the top of this piece is from Laurie's New Website