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Leftover Salmon In Vail next weekend!

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Leftover Salmon will play it's last show of 2008 next weekend in Vail. This will be a festive weekend in Vail with 3 big shows including Big Head Todd on Thursday and The Frey on Saturday. There will also be plenty of other shows and activities going on throughout the weekend. Go here to checkout all that's happening. Vail just got dumped on with snow and the mountain conditions are great. LOS hopes to see you up there.

 

Holiday Season is here and we're having a sale with great incentives on all Leftover Salmon Merchandise. These items are now available here

 

Tomorrow night is the 6th annual Mark Vann Benefit at the Boulder Theater. This will include performances by Great American Taxi, Emmitt Nershi Band as well as many others.

 

There will be an art sale, raffle, and silent auction featuring tickets to premier music festivals around the country including Vail Snow Daze amongst many other exciting prizes and items!  All proceeds benefit the foundation!

 

$25 tickets with no service charge to Leftover Salmon in Vail on December 12th will also be on sale at the show.

Leftover Salmon to play Vail, CO + Upcoming Projects

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Leftover Salmon will perform a full two set show on December 12th at the Dobson Ice Arena. This show will be part of the Snow Daze Festival held each year in Vail Colorado as a kickoff party to the winter season. 

 

Get your tickets before November 30th and save $10! Tickets are $25.00 before Nov 30th and $35.00 after.

 

For complete info and other confirmed acts, events, and activities go to www.vailsnowdaze.com.  Tickets are now on sale through Leftover's fan ticketing and on the Snow daze website.

 

Mark Vann Foundation

It's that time of year again for the annual Mark Vann Foundation Benefit. This will once again take place at the Boulder Theater.

This will be a very special evening of music. Both Drew and Vince will be present with their respective bands!

Show Details:

6th Annual Mark Vann Foundation Holiday Benefit Show

December 6th, 2008

Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO

7:30 pm $15 adv/$17 dos


Vince Herman and Great American Taxi w/ Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth

Emmitt-Nershi Band

Oakhurst

Jefferson Hamer, KC Groves and Greg Schochet Trio

Pete Kartsounes Band

Reed Foehl

Fat Rabbit

Vince Herman
Great American Taxi
Kicks of a run through northern California this week.
Sat Nov 15    Live on KPIG at 2pm!
Sat Nov 15    Red Devil Lounge - San Francisco CA
Sun Nov 16    Fernwood- Big Sur CA
Mon Nov 17    Crow's Nest- Santa Cruz CA

Great American Taxi is excited about heading into Backbone Studio in December to record the follow-up to their 2007 debut release "Streets of Gold." Tim Carbone will be producing and lending some fiddle to the record. Barry Sless will be guesting on pedal steel. Taxi plans to release the record in March of 2009.

Drew Emmitt News
The Drew Emmitt Band
Hits the Road this week with shows in the mid west.
Fri Nov 14    THE LIVERY    Benton Harbor    MI
Sat Nov 15    GAR HALL    Peoria    IL
Mon Nov 17    WYCE GIG    Grand Rapids    MI
Wed Nov 19    MORSE THEATRE    Chicago    IL
Thu Nov 20    MIRAMAR THEATER    Milwaukee    WI
Fri Nov 21    LUCAS SCHOOL HOUSE    St Louis    MO
Sat Nov 22    REDSTONE ROOM    Davenport    IA

Emmitt-Nershi Band
Dec 31 2008     
Ryman Auditorium (Emmitt/Nershi Band)
New Years Eve with Del McCoury Band!    
Nashville, Tennessee

Jan 4 2009    
Jam Cruise 7 (Emmitt-Nershi Band & LOS)    
Ft Lauderdale, Belize City, Costa Maya

Halloween with Leftover Salmon at the Fillmore Auditorium

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Live Nation proudly presents LEFTOVER SALMON at the Fillmore Auditorium on Friday, October 31st.   Showtime is 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Our fan ticketing will go on sale (HERE) today August 7th starting at 10am MST. The remaining tickets will be available thru ticketmaster starting Saturday August 9th.

After a four year hiatus, Leftover Salmon will again return to the Fillmore in Denver for its once traditional Halloween blowout. Following a summer full of festival dates, Leftover Salmon's Halloween show will mark one of the very few stand alone performances by the band since taking a break at the end of 2004.

The band is also offering music downloads to fans signed up on the Leftover Salmon email list. The downloads feature tunes recorded during recent live performances. The current download is from the Salmon set at the Mile High Music Fest in Denver, which went down just last month. GO HERE to download.

 

Leftover Salmon REVISED 2008 Spring update

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Leftover Salmon will be back on the circuit again this summer. 2008 is shaping up to be one of the biggest festival season's ever. Salmon will be partaking in a handful of these and we look forward to seeing you all there.

The band will kick off a string of festivals dates at Wakarusa in Lawrence, KS. This will be the first time the band has played Wakarusa since its inaugural year. Then it's back to Telluride for the first time in 5 years celebrating 35th year of Telluride Bluegrass.

Denver will host the largest festival Colorado has ever seen at Dick's Sporting Goods Park produced by AEG Live, we are excited to be apart of this inaugural festival and massive line up! 10,000 Lakes Festival welcome Salmon back for the first time since it inception in 2003! Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival just added!

Returning to so many great events and helping kick off a new one here in our home state has us all thinking Festivaaalll!

June
7+8 Wakaursa Festival - Lawrence, KS
20   Telluride Bluegrass - Telluride, CO
July
20   Mile High Music Festival - Denver, CO
26   10,000 Lakes Festival - Detroit Lakes, MN

Just Added!
August
2   Dune Grass Festival - Empire, MI
September
12 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival - Ozark, Arkansas


In other news...

Look for Vince and Great American Taxi on the road. info at www.greatamericantaxi.net   

Drew Emmitt will be touring this summer with good friend Billy Nershi and their new band the Emmitt-Nershi Band. Check out all confirmed dates at www.emmittnershiband.com .

Hey Folks...
Don't forget about Del Fest! Both Drew and Vince will be performing in various projects (Taxi, Emmitt/Nershi, sit-ins, etc) over the Memorial Day weekend. The first annual Del Fest will take place in Cumberland Maryland. Go to the festival website here.

Leftover Salmon Spring 2008 update

Drew Emmitt- for the Grateful Web

Festival season is here and Leftover Salmon will be back on the circuit again this summer. 2008 is shaping up to be one of the biggest festival season's ever. Salmon will be partaking in a handful of these and we look forward to seeing you all there.

The band will kick off a string of festivals dates at Wakarusa in Lawrence, KS. This will be the first time the band has played Wakarusa since its inaugural year. Then it's back to Telluride for the first time in 5 years celebrating 35th year of Telluride Bluegrass.

Denver will host the largest festival Colorado has ever seen at Dick's Sporting Goods Park produced by AEG Live, we are excited to be apart of this inaugural festival and massive line up! 10,000 Lakes Festival welcome Salmon back for the first time since it inception in 2003!

Returning to so many great events and helping kick off a new one here in our home state has us all thinking Festivaaalll!

June
7+8 Wakaursa Festival - Lawrence, KS
20   Telluride Bluegrass - Telluride, CO
July
20   Mile High Music Festival - Denver, CO
26   10,000 Lakes Festival - Detroit Lakes, MN

Tune In and Check Out!

The music player on leftoversalmon.com has some select music from this past December's shows. Enjoy this music, this will also give you a preview of these shows now available for download or mail order from our merchandise page.

Download the December 29th KBCO Studio C session featuring Drew, Vince, and Noam for free here!  

Merchandise Sale!
We are blowing out all the vintage Salmon gear to make room for some new items. We have some big discounts and great incentives on all our merchandise. Supplies are limited. Check out our merch page to see what's in store.

In other news:

Next Friday April 11th Great American Taxi with very special guest Drew Emmitt will be performing at a benefit for the Discover Hope Fund. This will take place at the Boulder Theatre in Boulder, CO.  Head for the Hills and Oakhurst will also be performing. Look for Vince and Great American Taxi on the road elsewhere.  info @ www.greatamericantaxi.net.

Drew Emmitt will be touring this summer with good friend Billy Nershi and their new band the Emmitt-Nershi Band. Check out all confirmed dates at www.emmittnershiband.com.

Check out Leftover Salmon's drummer Jeff Sipe featured in the latest issue of Modern Drummer.

Leftover Salmon Holiday Shows

photo by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

We have some fresh Leftover Salmon news for ya'll. First we are about to launch our new website but for all of you on our email list, well you can have a sneak preview at www.colfaxonline.net/salmon. This is still in a work of progress and will be evolving over time. We hope to have it live to the general public by this weekend. Please enjoy what it has to offer so far.

We also have downloads available from 3 of our 5 performances this summer. These are all high quality multi track recordings. Anyone who missed this summers' shows can now have the opportunity to hear what went down and what's to possibly come. For those of you that were there can hear how much fun we all had! These are available by Clicking Here.

Finally and most important some live Salmon, yes that's right some LIVE Leftover Salmon! We are excited to announce two more shows before the end of the year. We will be celebrating the last weekend of 2007 with 2 intimate performances in Colorado. There will be one show in Denver and the other one in Boulder. We are really looking forward to playing in Boulder where it all began so many years ago!

Tickets for these shows will go on sale Wednesday October 3rd on our fan ticketing (Click Here). These tickets are available to the fans on our email list only, until the new site launches! The remaining tickets will be available starting Saturday October 6th. For the Ogden you can purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com and the Boulder Theater tickets can be purchased online at www.bouldertheater.com  or at the Boulder Theater Box Office.

After a great summer and playing at some of our favorite festivals and of coarse Red Rocks, it's going to be a real treat play indoors at these intimate Colorado venues.

Leftover Salmon & moe. Team Up at Red Rocks

Last weekend Colorado's own Red Rocks Amphitheater hosted the dynamic duo of jamgrass pioneers Leftover Salmon and New York rockers moe.  What was supposed to be a night of ugly weather turned out to be clear and pleasant, back dropped by a magnificent full moon.

Leftover Salmon Ends Hiatus, Confirms Festival Appearances

Drew Emmitt @ The Fox in Boulder- for the Grateful Web

Colorado-based Leftover Salmon announces it will return to the stage later this year. Confirmed by a statement today from band manager John Joy the return will mark the end to the band's 27-month hiatus.

Following the band's last live performance on New Year's Eve 2004 in Boulder, audiences nationwide will once again hear the trademark polyethnic-cajun-slamgrass sound that propelled the group from its humble Rocky Mountain beginnings to international critical acclaim.

The returning lineup for Leftover Salmon features Vince Herman (acoustic guitar, vocals), Drew Emmitt (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Jeff Sipe (drums), Greg Garrison (bass, vocals), Bill McKay (keyboards, vocals), and Noam Pikelny (banjo).

The confirmed performances have the band making festival appearances on opposite coasts including the High Sierra Music Festival in Northern California and the All Good Music Festival in West Virginia's hills.

Confirmed 2007 Performances:

High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA  2 performances: Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8

All Good Music Festival - Masontown, WV Sunday, July 15

Leftover Salmon was formed by accident in 1989, when a local band, the Salmon Heads, asked members of the Left Hand String Band to fill some missing spots in its lineup.  The synergy worked and the resulting quintet went on to pioneer its own genre.

 

After the independent release of Bridges to Bert in 1993 and the 1995 live follow-up Ask The Fish, Leftover Salmon gained a spot on the H.O.R.D.E. festival tour and a contract with Hollywood Records. Their Hollywood debut and second studio album, Euphoria, continued to define their eclectic sound and introduced many songs that would become classics for the band.

vinceOther releases include The Nashville Sessions (1999) featuring scores of famous Nashville artists and session musicians as collaborators; Live (2002) the first recording with the new rhythm section, O Cracker, Where Art Thou? (2003) featuring Cracker members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman with LS as the backing band, and Leftover Salmon (2004) first studio record since the loss of founding member, banjoist Mark Vann.

Each of the band's releases cements its contemporary sound with the solid genre-bending fusion of newgrass, folk and blues. Through the course of the initial 15 years of Leftover Salmon has performed music with such contemporaries as Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Pete Wernick, Col. Bruce Hampton, Oteil Burbridge, Bill Payne, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Pete Sears, Todd Park Mohr, Tony Furtado, Theresa Anderson, along with members of the The String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band and dozens of additional artists.

The band continues to break new ground with its highly energetic live performances and initiate new fans with each show.

Official Leftover Salmon website: www.leftoversalmon.com

Leftover Salmon Discography

'LEFTOVER SALMON'  -  2004
(release date March 23rd)

The self-titled Leftover Salmon is the band's first studio album where co-founders Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman show off how the beloved Colorado band has evolved since the arrival of banjoist Noam Pikelny, keyboardist Bill McKay, bassist Greg Garrison and drummer Jose Martinez. Recorded at Colorado Sound in Westminster, Colorado in April 2003 and produced by longtime Little Feat keyboardist, Bill Payne.

  TRACK LIST
   
1) Down in the Hollow
2) Mountain Top
3) Delta Queen
4) Lincoln at Nevada
5) Woody Guthrie
6) Fayetteville Line
7) Everything is Round
8) Whispering Waters
9) Last Days of Autumn
10) Just Keep Walkin'
11) Weary Traveler



'O CRACKER, WHERE ART THOU?'  -  2003

Leftover Salmon and alt-rock band Cracker join forces to create 'O CRACKER, WHERE ART THOU?'. Cracker's front man David Lowery and lead guitarist Johnny Hickman join Leftover Salmon in the studio to unveil bluegrass versions of some of Cracker's greatest hits. With Lowey's vocals you'll unmistakably recognize these songs of Cracker while enjoying the sound of Leftover Salmon at the same time.

  TRACK LIST
   
1) Get Off This
2) Eurotrash Girl
3) Sweet Potato
4) Ms Santa Cruz County
5) Mr Wrong
6) Lonesome Johnny Blues
7) Low
8) Teen Angst
9) How Can I Live Without You
10) Still Waiting For You Girl



'LIVE'  -  2002

Pronounced "Liv," most of this album was recorded in Lesterville, Missouri at Salmonfest in June of 2001, along with a few tracks from the Fillmore in San Francisco and Denver. The album captures the spirit of a festival and features lots of wild banjo by the late Mark Vann. While it is somewhat bittersweet to hear our lost brother play, it brings some comfort to know that his music lives on and can inspire people to "Live" big while we're here on Planet Earth.

  TRACK LIST
   
1) Let's Give A Party
2) Steam Powered Aereoplane
3) Bill's Boogie
4) Dark Green Thing
5) Out in The Woods
6) Unplug The Telephone
7) Get Me Outta This City
8) Railroad Highway
9) Danger Man



'NASHVILLE SESSIONS'  -  1999

One of the most brilliant compilations of bluegrass, country and rock musicians tied into some of the most beautiful song selections ever. Nashville Sessions excellent production by Randy Scruggs, and the guesting contributions by his father Earl Scruggs and some of Nashville's finest session players, including Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Sally Van Meter, John Cowan, and Widespread Panic's John Bell along with Leftover Salmon.

  TRACK LIST
   
1) Midnight Blues
2) Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes
3) Dance on Your Head
4) Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
5) Five Alive
6) Breakin' Thru
7) Lines Around You Eyes
8) It's Your World
9) On the Other Side
10) Troubled Times
11) Another Way to Turn
12) Up on the Hill Where We Do the Boogie
13) Nobody's Fault But Mine



'EUPHORIA'  -  1997

This was first release on Hollywood Records and the second studio effort from Leftover Salmon. 'Euphoria' was recorded when the bands line up consisted of Vince Herman, Mark Vann, Drew Emmitt, Tye North, and Michael Wooten. Most of these songs are still played in concert today and many of them ore now considered all time classics.

  TRACK LIST
   
1) Better
2) Highway Song
3) Baby Hold On
4) River's Rising
5) Mama Boulet
6) Funky Mountain Fogdown
7) Cash On The Barrelhead
8) Muddy Water Home
9) Ain't Gonna Work
10) This Is The Time
11) Euphoria



'ASK THE FISH'  -  1995

'Ask the Fish' was recorded live at the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado on October 28th and 29th, 1994. With no overdubs or artificial ingredients added, This was the bands second release in their effort to define "Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass."

  TRACK LIST
   
1) Carnival Time
2) Bend In The River
3) Ask The Fish
4) Lonesome Road
5) Two Step
6) Rueben's Train
7) When The Levee Breaks
8) Jokester
9) Stay Away Monday
10) Cactus Flower
11) Hot Corn/Cold Corn
12) Come On Home
13) Rocky Road Blues
14) 70's Lick
15) Headbag



'BRIDGES TO BERT'  -  1993

Bridges to Bert is Leftover Salmon's first studio CD and the introduction of "Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass" Music. This recording blends Cajun, Zydeco, Bluegrass, rock, Jam and more. In the earliest configuration of Leftover Salmon this recording Features Vince Herman, Drew Emmitt, Mark Vann, Joe Jogerst, Rob Galloway, and Michael Wooten. Produced by Charles Sawtelle.

  TRACK LIST
   
1) BooBoo
2) Going Through The Motions
3) Head Bag
4) Whiskey Before Breakfast
5) Bridges Of Time
6) Nothing But Time
7) Tu N'as Pas Aller
8) Pasta On The Mountain
9) Just Before The Evening
10) Dark Eyes
11) Zombie Jamboree
12) Bosco Stumble
13) Rodeo Geek



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'FREEDOM RIDE'  -  2002

'Freedom Ride' is Drew Emmitt's solo debut. Recorded in Nashville in January 2002 and released on Compass Records, 'Freedom Ride' features Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan, Vince Herman, Peter Rowan, Ronnie McCoury, and many more!

  TRACK LIST
   
1) Freedom Ride
2) Bend In The River
3) Solid Ground
4) Valley Of The Full Moon
5) Paving Eisenhower
6) If You're Ever In Oklahoma
7) Tangled Up In Blue
8) Lonesome Road
9) Rainmaker
10) One Step At A Time
11) Memories Of Mother And Dad



'GET ME OUT OF THIS CITY'  -  1991

Before there was Leftover Salmon, there was Left Hand String Band, where Mark Vann and Drew Emmitt began a musical adventure together. This CD is rare and beyond expectations of what it was like in the beginning. It's true to the heart and soul of bluegrass.

  TRACK LIST
   
1) Get Me Outta This City
2) Back Door Romance
3) Just Before The Evening
4) Stop All Your Worrying
5) Dreams
6) Gypsy
7) Time Stands Still
8) Keep Your Mind Open (And Your Mouth Shut)
9) Falling Rock
10) Gold Hill Line
11) Homefires

Leftover Salmon | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO

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Leftover Salmon, since 1989, started their four night run at the Fox in Boulder. Word is from Vince Herman this may be the end of road.  He recently told the Daily Camera he is interested in pursuing politics, but is not ruling out a Salmon reunion. 

From The Daily Camera:

'Yet Herman, who's mulling a post-Salmon career in Boulder County politics, suggests the group's announcement on its Web site last summer — which stressed that "the band is not breaking up, just taking a break" — may have been a little misleading.'

'"Well, you know, in the true Salmon way, when we put that up on our Web site, that was what it looked like we were gonna do — and we just haven't changed it," Herman, the group's frontman, says with a laugh. "But, yeah, I think we're pretty much done."'

'While Herman has done a little solo touring this fall, his immediate plans are non-musical: he and his wife are purchasing, and plan to operate, Nederland's Once Again Books. Still torn up by President Bush's re-election, Herman's also contemplating a career in politics.'

'"Well, I'll probably hold off on the presidency, but as fast as things are changing around here, I may consider running for office," Herman says. "I have some aspirations, but I'd hate to put anything into print that would make me look stupid by not pursuing."'

'And, of course, each is leaving the door open — at least nominally — to a Salmon reunion.'

'"We're stopping on a high note, and that definitely feels great," Emmitt says. "It's not like we've run ourselves into the ground, but 15 years is a long time to be out on the road. We're closing a chapter on our lives. I'm excited about it in a lot of ways.'

'"But remember, it's an open-ended decision."'

For over 15 years, Leftover Salmon has graced us with their polyethnic cajun slamgrass. These last  shows promise lots of special guests and former band members.  Some of the current members, include:

From LeftoverSalmon.com:

Finally, after nearly two years on the road, the new Leftover Salmon lineup is on record.  The self-titled 'Leftover Salmon' is the band's first studio album where co-founders Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman show off how the beloved Colorado band has evolved since the arrival of banjoist Noam Pikelny, keyboardist Bill McKay, bassist Greg Garrison and drummer Jose Martinez.

"It's really brand new Leftovers," says Herman.  "This is the first record since losing our brother Mark Vann, and it's the first studio recording with our new guys.  We've got three guys with music degrees in the band now!  So we've really been looking forward to doing an album together.  It's really a big step in the evolution of the band."

The album, produced by longtime Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne, also illustrates how Leftover Salmon have progressed.  "I've been saying that this is our first record for grown-ups," Herman laughs.  "It definitely reflects how the band's sound has matured.  There's less schtick.  We still have a lot of fun, and there's still a lot of joy in our music.  But there's also a serious aspect to what we're doing now, especially in the musical ability of the members and what we try to put across in the arrangements."

Indeed, the band has undergone immense changes since 1999's groundbreaking The Nashville Sessions.  The death of banjoist and beloved co-founder Mark Vann and the addition of four new band members inherently brought on a new sound, especially for an improvisational band that derives so much of its creativity from the personalities of its musicians.

"It's definitely a new era," says Noam Pikelny, the newest and youngest member of the band.  "This band has been an institution. I think anyone who has seen the band in the past will still recognize that a lot of the same elements are still there.  But I also think they'll hear the difference."

As Herman puts it, "The band probably isn't as crazy and off-the-wall as it used to be.  We still have a great time onstage, and the sheer joy of making music is still a big part of what we're about.  But we're more focused on being musicians and on the arrangements now.  We're still as fun and as eclectic as ever, but we're also more mature and more capable, too."

For this album, the band broke its pattern of inviting scores of musical guests to participate.  This time, Leftover Salmon decided to focus on their own special ensemble play.  The only instrumental guest is the producer, who adds a spicy piano track to "Whispering Waters". "How could you have Bill Payne in the studio and pass up the chance to get him to play on your record," Herman points out. Singer K.C. Groves adds harmony on "Woody Guthrie", but otherwise the band goes it alone.

"We purposely kept the guests down to a minimum," Herman says.  "We've always enjoyed the chance to play with other musicians that we admire.  But we're also real proud of this band and how it sounds, so we decided to keep the focus on the group this time."

The new album provides proof of how the band remains eclectic and adventurous as well as how it has evolved musically.  Five of the six band members contribute songs, from Pikelny's newgrass instrumental "Lincoln & Nevada" to Bill McKay's blues-rock vamp "Just Keep Walkin'", and from Drew Emmitt's New Orleans-inspired, jaunty rocker "Delta Queen" to Emmitt's folk-based "Weary Traveler".

"We're definitely still chameleon-like in that regard," Herman explains.  "All of us grew up loving different kinds of music, and we all love that we're in a band that allows us the chance to play different kinds of music.  We're basically a rock 'n' roll bluegrass band, but that means we can play everything from folk and bluegrass songs to anything that falls under the big banner of rock."

In talking about growth, Herman mentions the new song "Woody Guthrie," an unusual foray into political and social commentary by the band.  "It's such a departure from what we've done," says Herman, who wrote the song. "I had second thoughts about putting it on the album, but the guys talked me into it.  We've been doing it live, at least during our more acoustic shows, and it goes across real well."

Herman's reference to "acoustic shows" indicates another aspect of the band's breadth. In 2003, the band took part in a critically acclaimed tour with bluegrass giants the Del McCoury Band and released an album with the rock band Cracker.  Similarly, the band plays both folk and rock festivals, and they've performed in elegant theaters and in grungy rock clubs.  Leftover Salmon is the rare band with a broad enough sound and a large enough repertoire to shape its set list to fit the crowd and the venue.

"We're a little strange that way, but we know that there are live settings where some songs work better than others for us," Herman says.  "When we're playing a theater, we can bring our more folk-based side.  But when we're in a rock club, and the crowd is grooving along having a good time, you don't want to break the mood and sing a song about agriculture policy."

Still, the earthy quality and back-to-nature character of the band's music continues to shine through.  That aspect of the group is evident in the song titles, including "Mountain Top," "Down in the Hollow," "Whispering Waters" and "Last Days of Autumn."  "We didn't realize we had this outdoors theme running through the album until we were finished," Herman says.  "It wasn't intentional, but it's one of the threads running through the album.  It fits our personality – after all, Salmon are out there in the wild world."

As the first album since signing with Compendia Records, Leftover Salmon are eager for fans and for new listeners to hear how the band has evolved.  "We're still just as delirious as ever at having the opportunity to make music for a living," Herman says.  "But we've grown up a bit, and we've learned a lot about the music business and what works for us.  We still believe that live music is as essential as ever, that it can change lives and save the world.  We're certainly having as much as we've ever had."

Check out Leftover Salmon's Discography.