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Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum both grew up in the 60s. Rozum was more of a rocker and said that he started listening to more Folk and American-roots music after driving home to Connecticut after the infamous Woodstock Festival in August 1969.
Lewis started listening to the same in high school and college. It was rumored that she really loved the music of the Dillards, the Greenbriar Boys, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe and Doc Watson. Watson, a musician and artist died Tuesday.
Every folk music fan of the 60s and 70s and those of today, seem to love him. He will likely be remembered as a legendary guitarist for at least the next 100 years.
Lewis has a strong stage presence and is considered one of greats of bluegrass and folk music. She won a Grammy for the album “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe” in 1997. The two were nominated for a “Best Traditional Folk Album” Grammy with “The Oak & The Laurel” in 1995.
The duo has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” many times. Lewis has also won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Best Female Vocalist of the Year” twice.
She was raised and still lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She is a fiddler, a guitarist and a bass player. The “All-Music Guide” says her genre is country, folk and bluegrass, neo-traditional folk, progressive bluegrass, traditional bluegrass, classical, chamber music and opera.
Rozum grew up in Connecticut and after graduating from college, moved to Arizona and started playing various styles of bluegrass and folk music. He continued in San Diego until moving to the Bay Area.
He’s been playing in bands with Lewis since 1986, including her Grant Street Band. Rozum’s premier instrument is the mandolin, but he’s also an accomplished fiddle, mandola and guitar player. He is a lead singer as well as a harmony partner for Lewis.
Rozum is also Lewis’ comic foil. The duo will play at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series and Santa Fe Bandstand Night.
Like all Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series shows, it’s free. Los Alamos County, friends and businesses sponsor the series.
For more information, visit gordonssummerconcerts.com.