Laura Orshaw is an award-winning fiddler who is currently touring with the Po’Ramblin’ Boys while at the same time just finishing her second solo project called “Solitary Diamond”. We begin our segment with a brand new single from the upcoming Po’ Ramblin’ Boys release, “The Blues Are Close at Hand” followed by Laura’s first album cut called “Going To the West”.
Our conversation touches on her family connections to bluegrass and old time country with her Grandmother Betsy Orshaw and her Dad, Mark Orshaw’s band, The Lonesome Road Ramblers. Both family members encouraged her musical education with early fiddle heroes like Lenny Baker, Chubby Wise, Bobby Hicks and Richard Greene. We talk about her move to the Cambridge in large part because of her exposure to players her own age at the Joe Val Bluegrass festival. The music colleges were also a draw as well as venues like The Cantab, a central square dive that featured a bluegrass jam every Tuesday night.
Laura has had many musical projects including playing with Chasing Blue, Danny Paisley and Southern Grass, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, as well as the previously mentioned Po’ Ramblin’ Boys. Her latest endeavor is her first album with Dark Shadow Records called “Solitary Diamonds”. We talk about the appeal of working with the friendly folks at DSR, Stephen and Jana Mougin. Laura has enlisted another all-star cast to play on the new release including fiddlers Brittany Haas, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes and Jenee Fleenor. Her old roommate, and Mile Twelve banjo player, B.B. Bowness along with Alan Barton, Reed Stutz, Tony Watt fill out the band. Special vocal contributions are made by Trey Hensley, Tim O’Brien and Lindsay Lou. The first single from “Solitary Diamond” has just been released last week and it’s a tribute to Hank Williams written by the TattleTale Saints called “Hank”.
We can’t wait to hear the upcoming release on Dark Shadow Records in May.