Personnel includes: Laurie Lewis (vocals, fiddle, viola); Todd Rozum (vocals, mandolin); Sylvia Herold (vocals); Peter McLaughlin (guitar, background vocals); Mike Marshall (guitar, mandolin); Jim Nunally, Nina Gerber (guitar); Rob Ickes (dobro); David Balakrishnan (violin); Bradley Jaye Williams (accordion, triangle); Cary Black (acoustic bass, background vocals); Todd Phillips (acoustic bass); Paul Van Wageningen (drums); Michael Spiro (congas); Joe Craven (percussion).
Recorded at Tomland Studios, Pacheco and Mobius Music, San FRancisco, California.
Personnel: Laurie Lewis (vocals, fiddle, viola); Peter McLaughlin (vocals, tenor, guitar); Tom Rozum (vocals, baritone, mandolin, background vocals); Cary Black (vocals, bass voice, acoustic bass); Mike Marshall (guitar, mandolin); Jim Nunally, Nina Gerber, Scott Nygaard (guitar); Rob Ickes (dobro); Ned Boynton (quinto); David Balakrishnan (violone, violin); Sue Thompson (fiddle); Norton Buffalo (harmonica); Bradley Jaye Williams (accordion, guiro, triangle); Todd Phillips (acoustic bass); Paul van Wageningen, Kevin Mummey (drums); Michael Spiro (congas); Joe Craven (percussion); Sylvia Herold (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Tom Size; Bil VornDick.
Liner Note Author: Scott Alarik.
Recording information: Gatorland Studios, Oakland, CA; Mobius Music, San Francisco, CA; Tomland Studios, Pacheco, CA.
Photographer: Irene Young.
Unknown Contributor Role: Ned Boynton.
Laurie Lewis has enjoyed most of her support from traditional bluegrass and folk audiences, and yet she's hardly a slave to tradition. A varied release, True Stories ranges from the traditional Irish song "Singing Bird" to the country gems "Who Will Watch the Home Place," "Still a Fool," and "Val's Cabin" to folk-pop numbers like "Knocking on Your Door Again" and "Swept Away." The Bay Area native is as excellent a songwriter as she is a vocalist, and it isn't hard to imagine "Val's Cabin" or "You'll Be Leaving Me" being big country hits with slicker production and some of Nashville's promotional muscle. Lewis' audience is a small one, but her music is definitely well worth getting to know. ~ Alex Henderson