Blue­grass in her bones: Lau­rie Lewis

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — J.L.

Lau­rie Lewis has such a gen­uine high-lone­some crack in her voice, it seems im­pos­si­ble she doesn’t come from a fam­ily of tour­ing blue­grass mu­si­cians from the moun­tains of North Carolina. But Lewis grew up in Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, in the 1950s and ’60s, the daugh­ter of an ac­com­plished flutist, half­heart­edly learn­ing clas­si­cal vi­o­lin and, once she stum­bled upon the Berke­ley Folk Fes­ti­val as a teenager, yearn­ing to play the banjo. Af­ter drop­ping out of col­lege, her love of blue­grass came back to her, and her years of clas­si­cal train­ing paid off, as she found she could pick up any fid­dle tune just by lis­ten­ing. She won a Grammy in 1997 for an al­bum cov­er­ing the songs of Bill Mon­roe, and her yo­del­ing skills do jus­tice to that time­less yo­deler Jim­mie Rodgers. Lewis plays with her long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor Tom Rozum at Cen­ter Stage (505 Camino de los Mar­quez, 505-501-2606) on Thurs­day, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $29 in ad­vance, avail­able at www.brown­pa­pertick­; it’s $32 at the door.

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