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Grass Valley man featured in ‘Fretboard Journal’

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Grass Valley luthier Michael Lewis is featured in issue No. 50 of “Fretboard Journal,” an internationally renowned quarterly publication devoted to the makers and players of high-end musical instruments.

The article, a career retrospective and appreciation of the many outstanding guitars and mandolins made by Lewis over the years, was written by award-winning Grass Valley music journalist Jon Hartley Fox, with research and editorial contributions by acclaimed local music favorite, Kathy Barwick (Mountain Laurel and Barwick & Siegfried).

Grass Valley photographer John Taber contributed a photo of Lewis working in his shop to the illustrated article, while Grass Valley musician Pete Siegfried, best known for his work with Mountain Laurel and Barwick & Siegfried, is quoted extensively about his long friendship with Lewis and the two Lewis-made mandolins he has owned.



“I’ve played a lot of great mandolins in my life,” Siegfried said in the “Fretboard Journal” article, “and there hasn’t been one yet I’d trade for my Lewis.”

Grammy-nominated musician Frank Solivan, who has also owned a pair of Lewis mandolins, agrees with Siegfried, saying, “I put Michael Lewis in the realm of the very highest echelon of mandolin builders.”



Source: Jon Fox

FRETBOARD JOURNAL

For more information or to buy a copy of issue No. 50 of Fretboard Journal: shop.fretboardjournal.com/collections/back-issues/products/fj-50

“I put Michael Lewis in the realm of the very highest echelon of mandolin builders,” said Grammy-nominated musician Frank Solivan.
John Taber
Grass Valley luthier Michael Lewis is featured in issue No. 50 of “Fretboard Journal.”
John Taber

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