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Laurie Lewis & Her Bluegrass Pals
     

Laurie Lewis & Her Bluegrass Pals

by Laurie Lewis
 
Known for pushing the boundaries of progressive bluegrass with infusions of jazz, country, Latin, and even new age flavors, singer-fiddler-songwriter Laurie Lewis comes home on her latest album. Appropriately, the opening track, "Tall Pines," is a song about homesickness Lewis learned from an album by the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.

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Known for pushing the boundaries of progressive bluegrass with infusions of jazz, country, Latin, and even new age flavors, singer-fiddler-songwriter Laurie Lewis comes home on her latest album. Appropriately, the opening track, "Tall Pines," is a song about homesickness Lewis learned from an album by the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Backed by the tight ensemble playing of Tom Rozum's sparkling mandolin, Mary Gibson's steady rhythm guitar, Todd Phillips's tasteful bass and Craig Smith's lively banjo, Lewis gives a soulful but entirely bluegrass touch to Jimmy Martin's remorseful "Stepping Stones." There are four originals, including the lively "Big Eddy" and "Wind at Play," as well as a cut written by country throwback Gillian Welch ("Acony Bell"), and several traditional tunes. Lewis's sensitive fiddle playing adds a special touch of mournful emotion to "Black Waters," a tune by one of her heroes, Jean Ritchie.

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Laurie Lewis comes full circle and brings a batch of her friends together for an inspired session of straight-ahead bluegrass. There's an empathy to the playing of Lewis with mandolinist Tom Rozum, banjoist Craig Smith, bassist Todd Phillips, and rhythm guitarist Mary Gibbons that grows on you as the album unfolds with the strong trio singing of Lewis, Gibbons, and Rozum that's equally as seductive. Highlights include "Tall Pines," Jimmy Martin's "Stepping Stones," Jean Ritchie's "Black Waters," "Acony Bell," and Lewis' own "Wind at Play," "Blow, Big Wind," and "Big Eddy." An inspired session.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/1999
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661046122
catalogNumber:
610461

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