Kathy Kallick & Laurie Lewis

SING THE SONGS OF VERN & RAY (Spruce and Maple Music, 2014)

Sing the Songs Of Vern & Ray

“This is my favorite bluegrass album in years!”

– Stephen D. Winick, Huffington Post

“A wonderful tribute album [of] straight-up, meat-and-potatoes bluegrass music of the kind that all too rarely features prominent female vocals.”

– CDHotlist

“I’m a longtime fan of both of these bluegrass super-heroines and I’d been waiting for this album since I first heard it was in the melting pot — an 18 song primer of Californian-associated bluegrass standards that is a joy to listen to and a full-on foot-tapper to boot. This is a complete pack of some of our all time favourite bluegrass tunes that owe their popularity to the short careers of Vern and Ray, and are lovingly reprised here by two of bluegrass’s most respected daughters. One of the best tribute albums I have heard in many a day.”

– Ronnie Norton, Lonesome Highway

Laurie Lewis: fiddle, acoustic bass, guitar, vocals
Kathy Kallick: guitar, vocals
Tom Rozum: mandolin, vocals
Patrick Sauber: banjo
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Keith Little: banjo, guitar, vocals
Annie Staninec: fiddle
Sally Van Meter: resophonic guitar

1. Oh Susannah (Stephen Foster)
2. Cabin On a Mountain (Clyde Williamson & Cal Veale)
3. Cowboy Jack (Carter Family)
4. Little Birdie (traditional)
5. If I Had My Life To Live Over (Chester Smith)
6. Happy I’ll Be (Ray Park)
7. Black Eyed Susie (trad., add’l lyrics, Kathy Kallick)
8. To Hell With the Land (Ray Park)
9. Flying Cloud (traditional)
10. Montana Cowboy (Ray Park)
11. Down Among the Budded Roses (traditional)
12. Thinkin’ Of Home (Ray Park & Vern Williams)
13. Field Of Flowers (Paul Evans & Paul Parnes)
14. How Many Times (Ray Park)
15. My Clinch Mountain Home (Carter Family)
16. My Old Kentucky Home (Stephen Foster)
17. Blue Grass Style (Luther Riley)
18. The Touch Of God’s Hand (from Bill Monroe)


TOGETHER (Rounder Records, 1991 – reissued in 1995)

Together

“Lewis’ sweet and silky soprano blends with Kallick’s sultry, spicy mezzo-soprano for a honey-mustard combination that is simultaneously accessible and exotic.”

– Acoustic Guitar

“A nice, simple, traditionalist bluegrass lovefest, with plenty of bouncy melodies and some very fine harmonies by Kallick and Lewis, who were formerly bandmates in the well-beloved Bay Area band, the Good Ol’ Persons. The best thing here is their voices, which compliment each other perfectly. Lewis typically sings a bit on the thin side, but she provides the ideal underpinning for Kallick’s growly purr. This is an excellent album, well worth checking out!”

– Joe Sixpack, Slipcue

“If Thelma and Louise ever made a record, it would be this one! Some of the finest singing and playing to grace the genre.”

– Folk Roots

Kathy Kallick: guitar, vocals
Laurie Lewis: fiddle, acoustic bass, vocals
Tom Bekeny: mandolin
John Reischman: mandolin
Tom Rozum: mandolin, vocals
Butch Waller: mandolin
Tony Furtado: banjo
Sally Van Meter: dobro
Charles Sawtelle: lead guitar
Tony Marcus: bass vocal

1. Going Up On the Mountain (trad.)
2. Just Like Rain (Kathy Kallick & John Reischman)
3. Is the Blue Moon Still Shining? (Melissa Monroe)
4. Don’t You See That Train? (Delmore Brothers)
5. Hideaway (Debbie Cotter)
6. The Touch Of the Master’s Hand (B. Welch/Laurie Lewis)
7. Lost John (trad.)
8. Maverick (Buttolph/Webster)
9. That Dawn the Day You Left Me (Jim Minton)
10. Count Your Blessings (Kathy Kallick)
11. Little Annie (Carter Family, via Vern Williams)
12. Don’t Leave Your Little Girl All Alone (Kathy Kallick)
13. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (Delmore Brothers)