Leftover Salmon (Colorado)
It’s hard to feature it’s been something like 27 years since seminal Colorado “slamgrass” unit, Leftover Salmon, first took to the stage with their muscular brand of rootsy, string-based music, but their influence is undeniable. In the tradition of such legendary bands as The Grateful Dead, Phish and New Grass Revival, the Boulder-based crew blends roots-rock and bluegrass instrumentation and vocals with innovative arrangements, making them ever wildly popular on the jam band circuit.
Though the lineup change through the years, the foundation of Leftover Salmon remained strongly rooted in the relationship between co-founders Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, and banjoist, Mark Vann, until he lost his battle with cancer in 2002. Leftover Salmon carried on through a succession of replacement players after that, but took a hiatus from touring at the end of 2004. Had they never played another note, the Leftover Salmon legacy would have been secure, but in the summer of 2007, the band was ready to hit the road again. Soon after, banjo phenom Andy Thorn was brought into the group, and a new album, Aquatic Hitchhiker (2012) was recorded and released to critical acclaim. NPR’s Mountain Stage heralded the group as “one of the most beloved acts on America’s summer-festival circuit.”
Today, Leftover Salmon is Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic guitar, washboard), Drew Emmitt (vocals, acoustic and electric mandolin, electric guitar, fiddle), Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo), Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass); Alwyn Robinson (drums), and Bill Payne (vocals, keyboards). They’re still out there, making great music and touring the highways – and their comin’ our way! Get set for LoS’s special brand of lightening-powered pick n’ grin, thoughtful blues balladry, and everything in between.