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“If there is a Mt. Rushmore for Portland’s roots-rock scene on the side of Mt. Tabor that I never see, Lewi Longmire’s bushy, bearded face is almost certainly on it.”
“One of the most ubiquitous and charismatic musicians around town, Lewi Longmire has played with nearly every able-bodied picker in Portland. Longmire's namesake band—a trio rounded out by Ned Folkerth on drums and Bill Rudolph on bass—have released their third album, Tales of the Left Coast Roasters, on vinyl (along with a digital download card, which is printed on seeded paper so you can plant it after you're done downloading the record). It's a platter of rustic Americana with some classic-rock electricity and a smattering of West Coast hippiedom for good measure. Free-wheelin' country-folk numbers sit beside peppy, Petty-esque rockers, and it all sounds great—probably even better after a joint or two. But Roasters' best parts are the guitar solos; when Longmire lets it rip on the six-string as Folkerth and Rudolph hold it down behind him, the band starts shedding sparks like a freshly lit firecracker.”
"Best live band in Portland"
"Lewi Longmire’s preferred list of his own recordings runs 42 albums—the complete discography (from acoustic to rock to Valvoline ad spots) would choke a Nano. Regarding live shows, it’s more likely the 37-year-old Portland musician has a gig scheduled around town than not. 'The peak of the madness was 2003,' says the local legend. 'I played 282 shows that year. I musta been nuts...and young. Peter Buck recently joked about my presence around town. He thought it was weird to go see a band in Portland and find I wasn’t playing in it.'"
“Due to the impressive list of instrumental sideman and production credits Lewi Longmire has racked up in Portland, the former New Mexican is frequently referred to as a "hired gun," a phrase that summons up stock images of a clock-watching cowpuncher cranking out his parts for the paycheck. But even if his fingerprints are on most of the better roots music and Americana CDs coming out of town lately (if it has strings or keys, he's got you covered), a quick listen to the Longmire Band's latest, "Fire 'Neath the Still" shows Lewi to be more of the indispensable ranch-hand type; the confident pro who'll write you an eight-bar bridge back to the chorus or master a banjo arrangement, cracking wise the whole time. If that's the work of a hired gun, we could use few more 'round these parts.”
"Lewi Longmire: Rock, roots, honor, comfort and trains"... an online interview.
“The epitome of good, ol' fashioned country fun, Fire 'Neath the Sill is a great new choice for country and bluegrass fans. The best in honky-tonk music, with a playful attitude and catchy country tunes, the Lewi Longmire Band's newest album boasts it all. From smooth and country/crossover-flavored opening songs, "Moon Song" and "Watchoo Gonna Do About," to the silly and fun-to-listen-to "Baby Would You Take Me Home" (about the love that may grow as a result of taking care of the drunken singer), the Lewi Longmire Band clearly had fun cobbling together this collection of songs about, well, basically whatever the heck they wanted to sing about. What this album does not do, however, is fall into the stereotypical trap of the country album with a collection of woe-is-me and my-wife-left-me songs, but instead keeps a breezy and upbeat, fun-loving tone throughout. And of course, the deep, country twang is always fun to listen to.”
“Hired gun Lewi Longmire breaks out on his own in a big way on Fire 'Neath the Still. The Portland musician has recorded with, or backed up live, a who's who list of Americana superstars including Victoria Williams, Jerry Joseph, Tony Furtado, and Michael Hurley. Yet, it's on Fire 'Neath the Stillthat one gets a true grasp of Longmire's immense range and distinctive taste for roots-driven rock and roll. A headlong surge into the defining "Sweet Situation" track exposes the resonating authority in Longmire's singing voice and razor's edge distortion of his guitar playing. Of course, the irony is that Longmire can follow such a head-banging track with the old time, jazz/country swing of "Disappear" without missing a step. [This] is a high quality second album from one of Portland's finest that is sure to open plenty of ears to Lewi Longmire.”