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Lewi Longmire

Bio:
Lewi Longmire has built a reputation as Portland's multi-instrumentalist "go to guy." In the years since relocating to Portland from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he's been included on shows and recordings by many of the Northwest's finest bands and songwriters. He's played with national acts Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams, Blue Giant/Viva Voce/The Robinsons, Dolorean, the Minus 5, Breathe Owl Breathe and Tara Jane O'Neill as well as local luminaries AgesAndAges, Denver, The Portland Country Underground, Midlo/Pancake Breakfast, Quiet Life, Fernando, James Low, Perhapst, Electric Ill, Little Sue, Casey Neill, Michael Jodell, the Freak Mountain Ramblers, and is an anchor member of Portland's all-star tribute to the Allman Brothers, Brothers and Sister. 


Recently, though, Lewi has taken all the things he learned from working with these fine performers and has been spending his time leading a roots rock/americana band of his own, singing the songs he has written himself. The group owes much to the American tradition of good songs played with high energy, deep roots, and an unpretentious sense of fun. Their sound finds the connection between the basement feel of The Band, the raspy blue-eyed soul of Joe Cocker, the desert space of Giant Sand, the "without a net" deep space improvisations of the San Francisco ballrooms, the punk abandon of The Stooges and the quiet contemplation of Neil Young playing solo.

Helping achieve this sound are THE LEFT COAST ROASTERS, a band of stalwart Portland musicians. Bill Rudolph (bass and vocals) played with the Crackpots and Little Sue for years, driving their home crowd into an energetic frenzy with his low tones. Ned Folkerth (drums) has toured the world over with many groups, including the midwest's Pinetop Seven, always laying down the perfect groove to cure whatever ails ya. Dan Eccles (guitar)has most often been seen in the band Richmond Fontaine or backing up local luminary Fernando. 

Often the core band is augmented by some of the other fine players in Portland's rich musical family: Bingo a.k.a. Kevin Richey(guitar), Edward Connell (keyboards), David Lipkind (harmonica),Jenny Conlee (keyboards), Paul Brainard (steel guitar, trumpet), Eddie Lakaden (percussion), or even Annalisa Tornfelt (violin, vocals).

Aside from that, Mr. Longmire can be found playing music out and about as a support player for quite a few local and national artists. Check out the Side Man page for more info on some of those projects.

My Songwriters Sessions

My Moderators Sessions

Saturday, October 5
 

3:00pm PDT