Laurie Lewis: Bill Monroe Birthday Tribute
Thursday, Sep 12 7:30 PM
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Brandon Godman, of Laurie’s band,
the Right Hands, will be joined by Joshua Zucker on bass and Elise Leavy on accordion,
she recorded on accordion with Bill Monroe in 1945. This evening, the band will
concentrate on the music of Monroe, in anticipation of his birthday, September 13.
They will also be playing some of Laurie’s original songs and duets with Tom, with a
grab bag of tunes from their 20+ albums.
Twice named "Female Vocalist of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music,
Grammy-winning artist Laurie Lewis has recorded more than 20 albums – with the
Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and her current band Laurie Lewis &
the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects. She also works with many talented
new artists, helping them find their way in the recording business.
Since joining forces with Laurie in 1986, Tom’s versatility and diverse musical
influences come to the fore every night on stage with the band. He plays primarily
mandolin with the band, but is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola, and guitar player.
His background as a rock and swing musician adds a uniquely satisfying flavor to the
band. His rhythmic approach to mandolin especially punctuates the band’s repertoire,
adding to their on-stage shows a verve and excitement that has become a distinctive
feature of their performances. Tom can be heard on most of Laurie’s recordings; their
other duet albums, Guest House and Winter’s Grace; and the band’s The Golden
West, Live, and Grammy-nominated latest album, The Hazel and Alice Sessions.
From the great Bluegrass state of Kentucky, Brandon joins Laurie on fiddle. By his
late 20’s, Brandon had played with Karl Shiflett, Wildfire, Newfound Road, and Dale
Ann Bradley, among others. A scholar of classic bluegrass fiddle, he plays with great
verve and intensity. Brandon is a luthier and violin dealer, and has an infectious
love for all things fiddle.
Patrick, a native of Arcadia, CA, has been playing old-time, Cajun, and bluegrass
music ever since he can remember. His introduction to performing came at the knee
of his father, old-time master fiddler and claw-hammer banjo player Tom Sauber, a
stalwart of the traditional music scene in Southern California. Patrick’s first gigs found
him playing triangle, and, at 10 years old, he was playing accordion in a Cajun band
with his dad. Under the guidance of his father (with whom he still performs), Patrick
has developed a keen ear, unusual depth to his playing, technical expertise, and an
encyclopedic knowledge of traditional music forms. Patrick has recorded or performed
with many artists, including Doc Watson, Herb Pedersen, Weird Al Yankovic, Dirk
Powell, and many others. In 2003, Christopher Guest asked Patrick to be the banjo
player in The New Main Street Singers in the folk-music satire movie, A Mighty Wind.
Patrick also played on the soundtrack CD and toured with the film’s cast. A formidable
talent on banjo, Cajun accordion, mandolin, and guitar (“He’s the kind of guy who
could probably get music out of anything he puts his hands on,” says Laurie), he
primarily plays banjo in The Right Hands, also taking a tasty turn on guitar and
Elise met Laurie when she was an annual student at the Big Sur Music Camp. Elise
has since graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, and is embarking
on a singing and songwriting career. This foray into the music of Sally Ann Forrester
dovetails perfectly into Elise’s mission to bring the accordion back to folk music.
Joshua has played bass with Houston Jones, and The Jones Gang, the Rowan
Brothers, Caren Armstrong, and numerous other Bay Area musicians and bands.
His versatility, studiousness, and great ear for harmonies make him a valuable
member of any ensemble. In addition, he plays with the Zucker Family Band.
He is also a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.