‘Dos Duos’ bluegrass on stage tonight
April 19, 2014
Bluegrass musicians Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum will perform tonight in Auburn, along with Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman, at the Auburn Performing Arts Center.
The Grammy-nominated roots duo and founders of the bluegrass band Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands are legends in both the Bay Area and the international bluegrass scene.
They have been writing, touring and recording their eclectic form of Americana all over the world for more than 30 years together, according to their bio.
Lewis has a long history of fostering young players and has recently begun producing records with some up and coming Bay Area bands.
Among the four albums she produced this year was Walker and Groopman’s first duet album, “We Made It Home,” which was released last October. Lewis and Rozum’s newest album, “One Evening in May,” featuring Nina Gerber on electric guitar, was recorded live at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley and just released on their Spruce & Maple imprint in February.
Walker and Groopman have only been playing music together for about three years, but they’ve managed to pack in the music and miles, playing more than 300 shows and releasing two albums on the national stage.
Singer-songwriter Walker and picker extraordinaire Groopman have cultivated a duo sound that falls somewhere between bluegrass, folk and Americana with a little bit of pop thrown in, according to their bio.
Walker credits Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick and Kate Wolf among her biggest bluegrass influences as a child, and Lewis even inspired their return to the style, mentoring Walker and Groopman’s duo from its nascence and eventually producing their latest record.
After winning the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, and Telluride and RockyGrass band competitions with their bluegrass project Front Country, Walker and Groopman will be touring mainly with Front Country this year in support of the band’s first full-length album coming this summer.
At the “Dos Duos” performance, expect to see the duos do their thing for the first half of each set, but for the second half of the set, two-part harmony will give way to a choir of four voices and collaboration is king.
Be prepared for some hot picking and high lonesome harmonies, and possibly even some cool dance moves. “Dos Duos” promises to be a night to remember, according to Walker.
Tonight’s show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, inside the State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn.
Tickets are $25 and available online at http://www.livefromauburn.com.