Tecumseh Valley playing Savino’s on Friday

Tecumseh Valley will make the trip to the Hood River Valley this Friday for a show at Savino’s in downtown Hood River. Cover is $5 and the show begins at 9:30 p.m.

Portland's Tecumseh Valley takes it's roots rock sound from the collected influences of its members. Acoustic and electric guitars, vocal harmonies and occasional fiddle make up this stompin' witches' brew. The musical comparisons land somewhere between Robbie Robertson & The Band and the Holy Modal Rounders.

One for soul and one for fun.

This group is the latest "all-star" collective drawn from Portland's gleefully inbred roots music scene. It's membership reads like a who's who of local road dog talent.

Lewi Longmire moved to Portland in 1998 when New Mexico jam band Apricot Jam got run out of the desert. Since hitting the big city he's been working hard attempting to join every band in the region. He started Tecumseh Valley this year to showcase his songwriting and to initiate the kind of mayhem other bandleaders frown upon. Caleb Miles met Longmire in New Mexico a decade ago, and Lewi's been trying to steal his lead guitar licks ever since. Since moving to Portland, Caleb has laid low, although he produced a lo-fi masterpiece for John Murphy & the Kentucky Snakehandlers this year and gets called for a lot of studio work. He is a master of guitar tone.

Chris Hutton originally met Lewi in New Mexico. He believed Longmire's lofty tales of a music mecca, and showed up here last summer. In his short time in town, he's drummed with Mad Hattie, Demi-Dryer, and Little Sue. Kevin Cowan holds down the heavy bottom end. He's been found lurking on stages with Demi-Dryer, Rachel Browning and the Do-Right Boys.

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