Lewi Longmire | Crazy Coyote

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Crazy Coyote

by Lewi Longmire

A powerhouse live rock and roll band, kicking it out like the roadhouse ramblers of yore.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Mudslide Blues Lewi Longmire Band
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2. On the Western Plains Lewi Longmire Band
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3. King of the World Lewi Longmire Band
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4. When Your Time Comes Lewi Longmire Band
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5. If I Live to be 100 Lewi Longmire Band
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6. This Time Lewi Longmire Band
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7. Are You Lonely for Me, Baby? Lewi Longmire Band
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8. Toilet Lewi Longmire Band
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9. Sweet Situation Lewi Longmire Band
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10. Turquoise for the Tourists Lewi Longmire Band
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11. Jesus Gonna Be Here Lewi Longmire Band
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
\"Crazy Coyote\" documents live, blue-collar rock and roll at it\'s finest.

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 worked with national acts Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams, Jerry Joseph and Tara Jane O\'Neill as well as local luminaries Fernando, James Low, Little Sue, Casey Neill, Michael Jodell, the Freak Mountain Ramblers and Annalisa Tornfelt. His presence is so ubiquitous in the Portland music scene that REM\'s Peter Buck commented recently, \"It\'s funny... I actually went to go see a band in Portland the other night and was surprised to find Lewi WASN\'T in it!\"

More 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\'s \"Mad Dogs & Englishmen\" Band, 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 Johnny Cash playing solo.

Helping Mr. Longmire achieve this sound is 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. During this project the band was joined by Portland expatriate Kevin \'Bingo\' Richey of guitar and vocals, whose presence in the Pacific Northwest still reverberates through his founding of Portland heroes the Freak Mountain Ramblers, as well as the singing of his own tunes.

From the liner notes:

\"As a music fan, I\'ve always felt that i was born about 20 years too late. My dad\'s generation had the good fortune to witness the heyday of jazz, the pinnacle of soul and the birth of rock & roll. While I\'m not knocking lip-syncing, auto-tune and pro-tools (my generation\'s \"contribution\" to music) I can\'t help but feel that I missed most of the best and truly real musical experiences. Miles Davis. Jimi Hendrix. Coltrane. Musicians who understood the value of art, who worked painstakingly to achieve new heights and push themselves and their audience to expand their boundaries and sensibilities. Musicians who walked on stage every night and created something spontaneous and brilliant. Inspiration. Virtuosity. Heart and soul. Everything i wish i hadn\'t missed out on.

\"Here\'s what you need to know about Lewi Longmire and his band. They are the chance we thought we missed. The chance to witness something real, something from the heart, something unique. The chance to be there when \"it\" happens. And believe me, when these guys lay into it, its happening. Bill Rudolph (bass) and Ned Folkerth (drums) hold the rhythm section down with subtlety, soul, simplicity and power. Think early Al Green records without the stomping on the amp-crate bit. Bingo (or Kevin Ritchie on guitar if ya wanna get technical) seems to pass back and forth effortlessly between thick, solid rhythm and going bat-shit lead-guitar crazy. Go see the show, you\'ll get it. As for Mr. Longmire; he writes from his heart, sings from his soul and plays guitar like Bruce Lee kicked people in the face. By that I mean he\'s a bad-ass. Lewi has taught me more about being a real musician than a lifetime of lessons, school and unsolicited advice from Southern California. Watching Lewi and his band kick the crap out of some soulful, sweaty rock & roll you can\'t escape the realization that, whatever it is, they\'ve got it, they know how to use it and they\'re nice enough dudes to share it with us. Something spontaneous and brilliant. Inspiration. Virtuosity. Heart and soul. Everything we wished we hadn\'t missed out on. Wish no more.\"

-Ezra Holbrook, Portland musician, songwriter, producer and the tallest short man ever.


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Leeds Scott

Crazy Coyote
I love this album. I am a huge Dead fan, and heard some great similarities. This album however, stands on it's own. It is so incredibly good and sometimes If I'm busy, it will play a couple of times. It get's better and better and I can't say how psyched I am to have found this band. Thank you!! Leeds

Emily

Phenomenal fusion of sounds and styles
Crazy Coyote is definitely a live tour CD -- with all the strengths and weaknesses that come with such a project. The weaknesses in sound and production quality, as well as the occasionally "off" vocal or instrumental work (rather charming characteristics that remind you it's a live show), are easily overcome by the album's many strengths. A chief strength of the album and of Longmire's musicianship is the fusion and crossover among styles - from the blues, country, and "funnybones" songs to the stepped up ballads, grooves, and gospel-inspired jams - The Lewi Longmire Band does it all and does it well.

Listeners will have to judge for themselves, but my favorite track by far is "This Time" which segues beautifully into a rendition of "Are you Lonely for me, Baby?" that will stick in your head like the best peanut butter, honey & banana sandwich on the planet. "This Time" blends echoes of the rhythmically ascending refrain from the classic Woody Guthrie tune "Bound for Glory" (this train is bound for glory, this train . . .) with a heartfelt hippie dance song that has you tapping your feet to the beat while nodding your head to the sentiment. "And it ain't gonna be like last time, when all you have to do is change your mind. No, this time's gonna change me, this time." Haven't we all said THAT before? Somehow, when Lewi Longmire says it, it feels very empowering.

Linsel Greene

Lewi's live performance finally caught on CD!
It's been a long time since Lewi Longmire released his last CD, "If I live to be 100", and a lot of us have been champing at the bit, waiting for more Lewi we can take home and enjoy on our stereos.
This CD is a welcome relief.
Crazy Coyote not only includes tunes which are otherwise unavailable on CD, but also does so in a live format, capturing Lewi and his excellent band in surroundings where he excels. His band is tight, the inclusion of Kevin Ritchey adds a nice counterpoint to Lewi's distinctive guitar sound.
But the highlight of the performance is definitely
Longmire's trademark guitar and vocals. Best of all, it sounds like the boys had a great time recording it, and that really comes through on the CD. It feels like you're listening to something really special.

mateo montana

this record rocks...
If you're lucky enough to live in Portland, Oregon, then you have the distinct pleasure to see Lewi and his amazing band every week...If not, then this new live cd gives you a fairly perfect glimpse into the no-nonsense(maybe some nonsense), gritty, seasoned, and vital force that is the Lewi Longmire Band. These guys are musicians that every musician and listener can love alongside each other...They're bad-ass enough to blow your mind musically and down-to-earth enough to mellow your soul while whipping up catchy, rockin tunes from their original library and from the best of the music and artists that inspires them...You can hear the sweat on this recording and that's why it's one to own...How often do you hear a live recording that really feels alive? Well this one does and it's honest enough to include the mishaps as well as highest of moments...and isn't that what rock and roll is all about? Love it.

Annalisa

Lewi Rocks!
We all know Lewi rocks....this cd is raw and wonderful. It represents what we all know. That Lewi rocks.