Dylan Lee Johnston
w/guest Lewi Longmire
- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- 21 and over
About Dylan Lee Johnston
After living most his years in Alaska, and later residing in various bus stations, squats and motels between Nicaragua, New York and Berlin; Dylan Lee Johnston is living off E. Burnside St. in Portland, Oregon. Writing, recording and performing what he calls Minimal Alaskan Blues Music, steeped in American high lonesome folk and blues sounds, and a heavy lean towards rock n roll and indy music.
About w/guest Lewi Longmire
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 national acts like Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams and Tara Jane O'Neill as well as many of the Northwest's finest bands and songwriters – Fernando, James Low, Little Sue, Casey Neill, Michael Jodell, the Freak Mountain Ramblers and The Peasants included. More recently, though, Longmire has taken all the things learned from working with these fine performers and has been spending his time leading a roots-rock/Americana band of his own, singing his own original songs. 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 Johnny Cash playing solo.
Helping the songwriter achieve his sound is the Lewi Longmire Band, a stalwart group of 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. The band is at times augmented by some of the other fine players in Portland's rich musical family: Bingo a.k.a. Kevin Ritchey (guitar), David Lipkind (harmonica), Jenny Conlee (keyboards), Paul Brainard (steel guitar, trumpet), and Eddie Lakkaidan (percussion).
Longmire can also be found playing in an acoustic duo with Annalisa Tornfelt, a fine fiddler blessed with a beautiful voice and an arresting presence. The two trade off songs , harmonizing and generally amusing each other on stage.