Live and Local: Michael Hurley, Lynn Conover & Jim Boyer, and Lewi Longmire on Viking Twang
Written by Randy Black on September 21, 2016
Viking Twang Show 101, Sept. 21, 2016
Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang Episode 101. It’s the last show before the new school year starts. Hope you’re all ready and looking forward to the new year.
We’ve been playing some great artists lately, but not too many from around here. We’re going to fix that this week with some live shows by some of our favorite locals.
In the second set, we’ll have a 2014 show from Gravel, the band led by our friends Lynn Conover and Dan Haley, with the late Jim Boyer sitting in. The third set will have the busiest musician in Portland, Lewi Longmire, with his old guitar player Caleb Miles.
But first, here’s the man, the legend, the songwriter all the songwriters wish they could be, Michael Hurley, playing at the Crystal Ballroom January 5, 2002, with Dave Reisch on bass.
1 –Turkey Red, W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – Knockando; from his 2007 album, Ancestral Swamp.
3 – Dog Dizzy; written for an ASPCA event in Columbus, Ohio.
4 – I Paint A Design; from 1994’s Wolf Ways.
5 – Portland Water; first recorded on his 1976 album, Long Journey.
Two years ago, after Lynn Conover had her second hip replacement surgery, she put out this album, called Lynnefit #1: An Official Bootleg. It was recorded July 3, 2014, at McMenamin’s Rock Creek Tavern with Jim Boyer sitting in. The band is Lynn, Jimmy and Dan Haley on guitars, with Bob Wadle on bass, and Louis Lozado on drums. They recorded the show from inside the audience so it would have more of a bootleg feel, but the performances are still great. It was released by the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, which helps local musicians with their medical bills.
6 – I’m Going Back; a Lynn Conover original.
7 – It Happens Every Day; Jimmy wrote this one.
8 – Rag Tag Devil; another of Lynn’s songs.
9 – Here I Come Again; another Jim Boyer composition.
In 2005, Lewi Longmire’s longtime friend and guitar player Caleb Miles left town for Nova Scotia. Before he moved, though, Lewi had two epic farewell shows at the Laurelthirst Public House. Here’s an excerpt from one, with Bill Rudolph on bass and Ned Folkerth on drums.
10 – Jesus Going To Be Here; A Tom Waits song from his 1992 album Bone Machine.
11 – Magic Carpet Ride; The 1968 Steppenwolf classic.
12 – Transmission; Jim Boyer’s classic.
13 – Jesus Redux
14 – Twang Theme; The Countrypolitans.