28 September 1950, Long Beach, California, USA. Singer-songwriter, violinist and bass player Laurie Lewis is one of the American traditional music scenes most fêted practitioners. Lewis learned to play the violin as a child and, having fallen in love with traditional music, graduated to bluegrass fiddle in the early 70s. She played with the bands the Phantoms Of The Opry and the Arkansas Sheiks before, in 1975, teaming up with four other women, including singer-songwriter Kathy Kallick, to form the Good Ol Persons. Lewis remained with this influential unit for four years before leaving to form the Grant Street String Band. The line-up of this band included Tom Rozum, a mandolin player who would go on to form a long-lasting musical and personal relationship with Lewis. With acclaim for the Grant Street String Band ringing in her ears, Lewis made her solo debut in 1986 with Restless Rambling Heart. The first of three releases on the Flying Fish...
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