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Boston Bluegrass Union Hosting Laurie Lewis and Della Mae in Concert

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Della MaeBoston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) is kicking off their 37th concert season in fine style on Saturday, November 19th with Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands along with Della Mae at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington MA. This should be a super show and we hope you can assist with getting the word out.

The Boston Bluegrass Union kicks off its 37th concert season with a double bill of maverick ensembles that pay reverent tribute to the music's roots while extending the tradition with their own unique innovations. On Saturday, November 19 at 7:30pm, the BBU welcomes left-coast bluegrass beacon Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, supported by New England's own Della Mae.

Cutting her teeth amidst the creative fervor of the San Francisco Bay's thriving bluegrass scene, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Laurie Lewis discovered bluegrass via the great folk scare of the 1960s. Consequently, her own take on the bluegrass tradition grew to seamlessly encompass both traditional and progressive elements. That heartfelt balance of timeless and modern helped to inform the music of the groundbreaking all-female outfit the Good Ol' Persons, which Lewis co-founded with Kathy Kallick in 1975. As evidenced by a series of solo projects for such labels as Flying Fish, Rounder, and Hightone Records, Lewis's gifts also include a resourceful and democratic touch as bandleader and producer. She won a Grammy award for her participation in True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and she has twice been named the International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year.

Lewis's newest CD, Skippin' and Flyin' is an insightful tribute to bluegrass founder Bill Monroe. Rather than slavishly re-record Monroe's more familiar chestnuts, Lewis celebrates his innovative spirit through new original compositions, savvy bluegrass interpretations of contemporary and classic songs from outside the genre, and touching interpretations of songs more closely associated with Monroe. Special guests include iconic vocalist Linda Ronstadt and Grammy-award winning bassist Todd Phillips. Joining her onstage on November 19th will be longtime associate Tom Rozum on mandolin and vocals, Chad Manning on fiddle, Andrew Conklin on bass, and Patrick Sauber on banjo.

Supporting Lewis is Della Mae, a young, all-female ensemble from New England who have recently been generating strong buzz on the national bluegrass circuit, including rave reviews at the IBMA's World of Bluegrass, this past month in Nashville, TN. The group features the reigning 2-time National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker, innovative flat pick guitar player Courtney Hartman, impeccable mandolinist Jenni Lynn Gardner, seasoned bassist Amanda Kowalski, and powerhouse vocalist Celia Woodsmith. Formed during the Fall 2009 in Boston, Della Mae was born from a yearning for a traditional bluegrass sound in the heart of New England, and strives to create music that tells an affecting story while delivering a hard-driving punch. They've just released their first project, I Built This Heart which features vocal support from Laurie Lewis. Plan on both bands performing material together during the course of the evening.

Tickets are $26 (BBU Members $23) and can be purchased online at www.BBU.org or by mailing a check (payable to the BBU) with self-addressed stamped envelope to Boston Bluegrass Union, PO Box 650061, West Newton, MA 02465. The National Heritage Museum is located at 33 Marrett Rd. (Route 2A), Lexington, MA 02421. Doors open at 6:30pm and concert begins at 7:30pm. Directions can be found at www.monh.org or call (781) 861-6559.

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