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Grammy-nominated Musical Duo Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum to Perform in Astoria

Grammy-nominated Musical Duo Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum to Perform in Astoria

-- Astoria -- On March 7, at 7:30 p.m., the acclaimed Modern Bluegrass Duo Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum will perform in concert at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, at 16th and Franklin, in Astoria.

Since forming a musical partnership in 1986, when Tom first joined Laurie’s acclaimed band Grant Street, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum have recorded 12 albums and performed around the globe. These Grammy-nominated artists (for their 1995 album The Oak and The Laurel) are widely regarded as among the leading lights of modern bluegrass and are highly prized by their peers as sidemen and producers. Nashville Public Radio calls Lewis & Rozum “two of the finest singers / songwriters / instrumentalists in the known acoustic music world.”

International Bluegrass Music Association executive director Dan Hays calls Laurie “one of the preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time.” Acclaimed musician Sam Bush puts it more simply, calling her “a great singer, terrific fiddle player, fine songwriter, and one very good band leader.” Laurie also performed on both the Grammy-award winning, 1997 IBMA Album of the Year True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and the Grammy-nominated Ralph Stanley & Friends’ release Clinch Mountain Country.

New England native Tom Rozum “possesses an earnest tenor voice in the vein of contemporary bluegrass great Tim O’Brien, and peels off rhythmically crisp licks on mandolin and guitar” (Derk Richardson). In 1998, he released his debut solo album Jubilee on Dog Boy Records; “without reservation, one of 1998’s most rewarding acoustic releases.” –Amazon.com

In 2004, Lewis & Rozum released their third duo album, Guest House (on HighTone Records), a characteristically versatile and engaging offering of love songs, laments, social commentary, and freewheelin’ fun in the spirit of old-time music. Laurie and Tome pay homage to such eminent influences as Woody Guthrie, Hazel Dickens, Grandpa Jones, and the inimitable Bill Monroe, adding their own distinctive touches to traditional favorites as well as performing several of Laurie’s nonpareil compositions.

Admission to the March 7 concert will be $15.00, with children 12 and under admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be available at Bach ‘n’ Rock or at the door. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the concert.

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