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Laurie Lewis Skippin and Flyin' a Bill Monroe Tune October 18th

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Skippin' And Flyin'Grammy Bluegrass, folk and acoustic music artist Laurie Lewis has a new album due to hit the streets October 18th. This latest project is a tribute to the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, who would have been 100 years old last month. Many tribute albums and songs have been release but, Laurie, a past International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Artist of the Year recipient, adds her own twist to her new release.

Lewis, twice named IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and a Grammy award winner and nominee, is also a singer, songwriter, bandleader, guitarist, bass player and record producer. It all comes together on Skippin' And Flyin', which mixes Lewis' originals and songs from the bluegrass repertoire and contemporary writers and features her expressive vocals; instrumentation by award-winning, legendary and longtime players; and special guest vocalists such as Linda Ronstadt.

"I realize, looking back, that my path as a musician and songwriter, and my whole approach to making music, were influenced in various ways by what I found in Bill Monroe's music," says Lewis.

Skippin' And Flyin' brings together a fine mix of songs by Monroe himself, Jimmie Rodgers, Maybelle Carter, Del McCoury and other writers and new tunes written and/or arranged by Lewis -- each perfectly suited for a Monroe tribute.

Laurie Lewis' new CD, Skippin' And Flyin', is a personal tribute to the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and mixes songs from the bluegrass repertoire and contemporary writers and Lewis' originals. In turns lively, exciting, deep and heartfelt, the songs feature Lewis' expressive vocals and instrumentation by Grammy Award-winning bassist Todd Phillips, the legendary Craig Smith on banjo, and mandolinist/vocalist Tom Rozum. Linda Ronstadt is among the special guests.

"Bill Monroe was not a follower of styles but steadfastly played his singular music through the good times and the tough, inspiring me with his example to be free to explore my own musical path. Performed with a 'traditional' bluegrass band (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass), all of the harmony singing stems directly from the school of Bill Monroe. This collection is an installment on those student loans and a warm thank-you to Big Mon."
-- Laurie Lewis

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