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For Eugene fans, a little folk music.

Byline: Paul Denison The Register-Guard

Fans of traditional American music have two treats in store this week, both of them at Cafe Paradiso: the Laurie Lewis Trio on Sunday, followed by Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group on Thursday.

Lewis is a Berkeley, Calif., singer-songwriter who plays fiddle, guitar and bass. The International Bluegrass Music Association twice has recognized her as female vocalist of the year, and her album "Love Chooses You" was honored as country album of the year by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors.

"The Oak and the Laurel," her duet album with Tom Rozum, was nominated for a Grammy Award as best traditional folk album.

Lewis' trio includes Rozum on mandolin and other instruments, and Todd Phillips on bass. Rozum has been with Lewis since 1986 and last year recorded his solo debut, "Ju- bilee."

Phillips was an original member of the David Grisman Quintet and has played and recorded with the Good Ol' Persons, the Bluegrass Album Band, the Tony Rice Unit and Psychograss.

Singer-songwriter Juliet Wyers, billed as "part Shawn Colvin, part Bruce Cockburn," will open Sunday's show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 in advance, $20 at the door.

Country musicians Robin and Linda Williams have performed together for more than three decades.

This year they released their 17th album, "Deeper Waters," on Red House Records, an independent label that also has Greg Brown, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, Spider John Koerner and Ramblin' Jack Elliott on its roster.

The Williamses are well known to `Prairie Home Companion' fans, and they have recorded and toured with Garrison Keillor and Kate MacKenzie as the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Songs they've written have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea and the Seldom Scene.

Their Fine Group consists of Jim Watson on bass, vocals and mandolin, and Jimmy Gaudreau on mandolin and mandola.

Watson was a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers and played with them for 14 years. Gaudreau, the newest member of the group, played with the Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe, the Tony Rice Unit and Chesapeake and Aldridge.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15.50.

Other singer-songwriter types coming our way this week include Colleen Sexton, 8 p.m. today, Cafe Paradiso ($12); Anne Feeney and Chris Chandler on their Anyone-But-Bush Tour, featuring `solidarity rock' and spoken word, 8 p.m. Saturday, Cafe Paradiso ($7 to 10); folk-rocker Kyler England, 7 p.m. Saturday, Luna (free); and the Raventones, a "bohemian soul" duo featuring singer and multi-instrumentalist T.R. Kelley and drummer-percussionist Randy Hamme, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Luna ($5).


Laurie Lewis Trio

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Cafe Paradiso

How much: $18.50 in advance, $20 at the door

Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Cafe Paradiso

How much: $15.50


Above: Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group will play Cafe Paradiso on Thursday. Below: Laurie Lewis and her trio will hit town a few days earlier, on Sunday.
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