LAURIE LEWIS AND THE RIGHT HANDS - THE ALICE AND HAZEL SESSIONS

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hand (from the album The Hazel and Alice Sessions) - Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard became muses for a young Laurie Lewis as she sought women’s voices in the Bluegrass music scene. Laurie honors the women that helped her carve her own niche in Bluegrass with The Hazel and Alice Sessions from Laurie Lewis and the Rights Hand. Hazel and Alice opened doors for women in Bluegrass during their 1960’s career, competing musically with harder-edged songs of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers. Laurie Lewis recalled that she ‘had heard ballsy women singers on the local bluegrass scene, but I hadn’t heard other women doing that on a recording’.

Joining Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands are Aoife O’Donovan (“James Alley Blues”), and Linda Ronstadt (“Pretty Bird”). The Hazel and Alice Sessions kicks off with Bluegrass fire as the album heads out on the trail with “Cowboy Jim”, steps high to answer the call in “Who’s That Knocking”, picks up the pace for “Walking in My Sleep”, and slows down to a fast walk for a fast talker in “Let That Liar Alone”. Laurie Lewis puts on ragged shoes and a Monday frown for “Working Girl Blues” as The Right Hands beckon with mandolin strums asking “Won't You Come and Sing for Me” and race a passing freight with the runaway rhythms in “Train on the Island”.

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