Bluegrass in her bones: Laurie Lewis
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.brownpapertickets.com; it’s $32 at the door.