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If I Live To Be 100

by Lewi Longmire

Americana roots rock and roll with a touch of old country blues. Born in New Mexico, living in Portland, Oregon.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When Your Time Comes A-callin'
4:35 $0.99
2. Allegheny County
4:04 $0.99
3. Girl On My Mind
4:23 $0.99
4. Alberta
5:03 $0.99
5. Turquoise For the Tourists
6:23 $0.99
6. Mountains & Rain
3:48 $0.99
7. If I Live to Be 100
3:23 $0.99
8. Mudslide Blues
4:32 $0.99
9. Losing the Battle
6:15 $0.99
10. Find Me a Woman
6:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
"...yeoman Longmire is a vital member of Portland's music scene."
- The Oregonian, 6/24/05

"[One] of Portland's finest roots players, guitarist Lew Longmire."
- No Depression, Sept. 2002

Lewi Longmire has been called "Portland's hired gun utility outfielder". He's been hired to play guitar, bass, piano, or organ for some of Oregon's finest songwriting talents. 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!"

"If I Live To Be 100" is his recorded debut as a singer/songwriter. Produced by Longmire and Adam East while recorded and mixed by Jeff 'Chet' Lyster (Lucinda Williams, The Eels, Fernando), it contains ten original songs, featuring Lewi on vocals and various instruments. He brought in several talented guests to spice up the songs, including Jenny Conlee (keys- the Decemberists), Paul Brainard (pedal steel- the Sadies, Richmond Fontaine, Fernando), James Whiton (double bass- Tom Waits, Eric McFadden Trio, Apricot Jam), David Lipkind (harmonica- I Can Lick Any SOB In The House, the Supersuckers) and Caleb Miles (guitars, bass, keys and production- Kentucky Snakehandlers). The music has been described as "comfort food" and "like going home". It has kin in the rootsy, basement feel of The Band, the bluesy swagger of Tom Waits, the stripped down country soul of Willie Nelson, and the psychedelic streamings of Moby Grape.

Being born in rural New Mexico, Longmire found there was not much to do around there but watch the sunsets and listen to the dust blow back and forth. Out in that land of siestas and relative quiet, he was seduced by the gritty sounds of rock and roll (the real, original, scratchy 45 rpm kind), country (of the AM radio variety), blues (best heard on a street corner), and the local mariachi music. Playing records at the wrong speed provided strange comfort. Around age 13 his father would leave guitars around the house, saying, "Now, DON'T TOUCH THAT!" and then hide around the corner and wait for the inevitable rebellion to take it's course.

After moving to Albuquerque to attend college, Lewi formed the acoustic acid folk jamband Apricot Jam and dropped out of school almost immediately to tour the western states. Over the next seven years, that group released three albums and played literally hundreds of shows, turning on many fans and getting to share the stage with many fine acts. Eventually the band moved to Portland, Oregon before calling it quits. Since then, Lewi has been honing his musical skills by diversifying, learning to play (or at least make some kind of pleasant sound) almost every instrument he can get his hands on. He's been fortunate enough to play with musicians such as Victoria Williams, Michael Hurley, Tony Furtado, Jerry Joseph, Scott Law, Jackie O-Motherfucker, Tim Easton, Hazeldine, Kevin 'Bingo' Richey, James Low, Little Sue, Michael Dean Damron (I Can Lick Any SOB in the House), Fernando, Caleb Klauder (Foghorn Stringband), the Freak Mountain Ramblers and Hillstomp. He hopes he has learned a little something from each of them.

Some time ago, Lewi produced the album PERFECT DAY FOR A FUNERAL for his friend Mike Damron. It's Mike's first solo disc away from his popular rock band, I Can Lick Any SOB In The House (in which Lewi was a founding member), and reflects a rootier side of his songs. You can find it at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mikedamron.

Lewi and his current performing band have released a live disc recorded in the summer of 2006. It can be found at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lewilongmireband.

He can also be found playing behind Michael Hurley on his latest release, "The Ancestral Swamp," out on Gnomonsong Records in Sept. 2007.

What folks say about "If I Live to be 100":

"...recalling a time when music was made without computers and albums were made to be listened to in their entirety.
-Donald Shark, Performing Songwriter magazine

"...a relaxed, steady-rollin' sound...Longmire is smart, subtle and the master of the tasty fill... (his) new CD, suggests that he's equally adept as a sideman or bandleader."
- John Foyston, The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

"(Lewi is) widely known to posess some of the hottest guitar chops...in Portland's throbbing-with-talent roots-rock scene. The album...sounds so warm and natural it seems as though it somehow recorded itself."
- Jeff Rosenberg, Willamette Week (Portland, OR)

"Longmire's significant gains in the composition department are brought to vibrant, soulful, epic and oft times heartwrenching fruition. Albuquerque's painful loss is once again Portland's gain."
- Michael Henningson, Weekly Alibi (Albuquerque, NM)

"In 10 self-penned tracks, he covers a range of styles, from near-bluegrass to country soul to greasy blues, with excursions into mostly acoustic country-folk as well. Best of all is his voice, a clean and clear high baritone that combines the finesse of a James Taylor with the warmth of a Ray Wylie Hubbard. If I Live to be 100 is unassumingly impressive, and lots of fun to listen to."
- Gary Whitehouse, Green Man Review



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The song Alberta will kill you, We mean it Man!
The song Alberta is so good You''ll swear you heard it as a hit record somwhere in your childhood or should I say childhoodie or hootie? MT.Hoodie? The cd is a natural force of nature. The bud of buds. A barrito with all the good stuff inside. Ping Pang Pong Alberta's the song.

elizabeth weaver

lewi makes me wish I could play guitar
every song on this album (ok, I'm old) is thoroughly engaging. played it at work for several people, and the universal response was eyes going "ping". you know the look. Lewi's eyes did the same thing when I told him about it later, which is the whole point from where I sit...good on ya, Lewi

Donaleen Kohn

Lots of great songs on this CD
Lewi writes great songs and my two favorite Lewi songs are on this CD... When Your Time Comes a Calling and Find Me A Woman. There are many other great songs on here, too. Don't miss Mudslide Blues. Lewi is a treasure.


Amazing record!
Lewi has been wowing crowds here in Portland for a while now. I really hoped this, his first C.D., would represent his live set accurately. It does and them some. I think you should buy this record if you love good music.
Thank you Lewi!

C. Frisbie

A truely great CD- buy it and you'll be gald you did!
Lewi is a very talented musician who is joined by numerous other talented musicians on this CD, and it demonstrates this considerable talent. The thing that makes ‘If I Live to be 100’ such a great CD, however, is the heart and soul that it conveys, which comes though loud and clear. I still have it in my car player, where it has been since I bought it over a month ago, and haven’t tired of listening to it. The last time that happened was when I purchased Dylan’s ‘Love and Theft’, with which this CD has many similarities—great lyrics, sometimes humorous, other times profound. It is smooth, tight, and diverse, and it always makes me smile -- don’t see how you could miss on this one! Buy it and enjoy, and catch Lewi and his band live if you can—its definitely worth the trip!


Lewi Longmire is true talent!
Torqouise for the Tourist is my favorite song on the CD. Well written, well played, great back ground vocals on this song as well as through out this amazing CD!


sweeet sweetLewi's badassss song!
i have nothing more to say than Lewi is a badass. okay, and one more thing, this is a beautiful record.


I used to go see Lewi play with Little Sue at the Laurelthirst happy hours. I remember thinking: "Damn, he's an awesome musician!" Needless to say, when I heard he was putting out an album, I was very happy and eager to hear it. And he does not disappoint with "If I Live To Be 100"! He brings together some of Portland's greatest musicians to create his masterpiece.


How can you not like Lewi?
I'm probably one of the only people here to remember seeing Apricot Jam live back in the Albquerque days.. Lewi and I ran around with the same crowd for a while in high school and I can tell you the guy's passion for music is only matched by his passion to be laid back. I lost track of Lewi over the years but I'm jazzed to see he has a CD out and I highly recommend it to everyone!!


Brilliant songwriting sooths the soul
Lewi Longmire has come a long way since leaving the Albuquerque-based acoustic funk band Apricot Jam. This album showcases his talents as a singer/songwriter and offers a refreshing lyricism not found in the mainstream. The composition and instrumentation are outstanding, with each song creatively styled. Worth every dollar (and a hundred more).