|When:||Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7:30pm|
|Where:||Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie, NY|
|Tickets:||Early Bird Special Ends November 1: $15/Members-$20/Non-Members. Buy Tickets Online or contact us to pay by check.|
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The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Society is proud to announce the latest in its ongoing series of concerts designed to bring some of the most respected artists in bluegrass to the Mid-Hudson area. On November 18, the HVBA will present renowned fiddler, singer and songwriter Laurie Lewis in concert with her band, The Right Hands, at Christ Church in Poughkeepsie. In addition to twice being named Female Vocalist of the Year by the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association), she won a Grammy for "True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe"(1997).
IBMA executive director Dan Hayes has called her "one of the pre-eminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time," adding, "She spreads her talent over several genres—bluegrass, folk, country—and with the recognition she has within all those fields, I would certainly say she’s one of the top five female artists of the last 30 years."
A California native, she has been hailed as the first bona fide female bluegrass star born outside the music’s native southland. Mandolin player Sam Bush, whose 1970’s band The Newgrass Revival gave birth to the term "newgrass," says that Lewis "is newgrass in the truest sense of the word, in that she uses bluegrass instruments to create new original music; it’s music for now." Billboard praised her ability to “successfully walk the high wire above esoteric country, combining elements of bluegrass and pure country to form her own seamless mix," and The Sacramento News called her “as fin a singer as anyone on the acoustic music circuit, anywhere in the world. "