Throughout her career Laurie has been best known as a singer and fiddler, but recently she's mostly been playing guitar. She says it gives her more control of the band's timing while singing, and helps to get just the right groove. It must work, because she is singing better than ever. And I'm happy to report that her capo of choice is a Shubb.
Laurie and I were part of the same SF Bay Area bluegrass scene for several years, so we've played together many times. I once had the opportunity to go on a three week tour with her group, the Grant Street String Band, when their regular banjo player couldn't make the trip. We played the North Coast of California, Oregon, Washington, and spent a week on Vancouver Island. This was in the early 80s, and Laurie was not as well-known then as she is now, so the gigs were small venues; coffehouses, small clubs, house concerts, etc. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, which I remember fondly.
Since that time we've been in and out of touch, but I remain an unabashed fan. Fiddling, songwriting, and especially singing — there's absolutely no one I'd rather listen to.