Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Polyethnic Slamgrass, Part 3(b)

May 27, 2020
Tim Newby

This is part three (b) of three of author Tim Newby’s inside look into the writing of his latest book, Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival and the time he spent with the band on tour.  Make sure to check out part one, part two, and part three (a).

The band had a few days off and I headed home to Baltimore before rejoining them at the North Shore Performing Arts Center in Skokie, Illinois, just north of Chicago. The after-party found me on the bus at 1 am signing books for many of Vince’s friends who had come that night. 

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Quarantine Time, New Music, and Pink Moons with Adam Greuel

May 7, 2020
Tim Newby

Adam Greuel, guitarist and singer for Horseshoes & Hand Grenades had recently released his first solo album, Low Income Porridge, at the beginning of March. Then the world got sick and closed down for business.  Greuel took that quarantine time at home that was imposed on us to become inspired. 

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Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Polyethnic Slamgrass, Part 3(a)

April 23, 2020
Tim Newby

This is part three of three of author Tim Newby’s inside look into the writing of his latest book, Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival and the time he spent with the band on tour.  Read part one and part two here.

In the fall of 2017, Leftover Salmon embarked on a brief acoustic tour at intimate venues on the East Coast, dubbed the Living Room Tour.  Each night the band dug deep into their catalog and rediscovered long-forgotten songs not played in years.

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Chris Castino and Brazil – the long answer

March 10, 2020
Tim Newby

Chris Casino

“The guy behind the record is someone who has been playing music a long time and has awakened to a reality of wanting to go as deep as I can into music, and this is my first step towards that,” explains Chris Castino of the Big Wu about his first solo album, Brazil.  It is an album Castino describes as “more of a folk-rock album with a groove to it.”

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Caleb Stine & the Revelations: Mystic Country

February 11, 2020
Tim Newby

A revelation is a surprising and previously unknown fact. Caleb Stine & the Revelations is a Baltimore-based band, and to many outside their hometown, the first time they hear Stine’s music is a revelation into the power of his songwriting. With his latest release, Mystic Country, Stine will undoubtedly become a revelation to many more. 

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Jack Cloonan Band: Fun is the First Note

January 28, 2020
Tim Newby

The Jack Cloonan Band is keeping alive the long tradition of Colorado bands like Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Hot Rize, and Yonder Mountain String Band, who have since the formation of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the 70s, been stretching the boundaries of bluegrass beyond its simple origins and reimagining the genre for the next generation.

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Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass, Part 2

November 9, 2019
Tim Newby

Leftover Salmon and Keller Williams

This is part two of three of author Tim Newby’s inside look into the writing of his latest book, Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival.  Read part one here.

The first thing I’m asked about my book “Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival” is why did I devote a few years of my life to telling Leftover Salmon’s story?  Before starting the project, I hadn’t met any members of the band, and had only spoken with Vince Herman and Bill Payne for an article I was writing for Honest Tune Magazine about their High Country album in October of 2014.  During that conversation, Vince said something that really struck me.  He said, “I started playing with Drew when I was first out of college over 30 years ago. It was pretty footloose and hippie van when we first started, and over the years there have been marriages, breakups, band changes, and all kinds of things, but at the end of the day there was always Drew and Leftover Salmon.”  

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High Hawks: Ready to Take Flight

October 9, 2019
Tim Newby

In ancient lore, the fabled High Hawk was the winged messenger of peace.  The High Hawk would deliver his message through music, bringing a shining ray of joy and light from above. In modern times, bassist Brian Adams explains that High Hawk took its name from when Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman wandered deep into the mountain forest outside his home looking for some kind of spiritual sign.

“He had rolled a fat doobie to take with him,” says Adams. “When he found what appeared to be a sacred place atop a mountain he pulled the giant hogleg out of his shirt pocket and held it high in the air and closed his eyes before he planned to spark it up.  Out of nowhere a hawk swooped in and grasped the enormous jazz cigarette with its talons and gracefully pulled it away from Vince’s fingers. The hawk flew high into the air with the joint until it disappeared from view.”

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Leftover Salmon: Thirty years of Polyethnic Cajun slamgrass, Part 1

September 19, 2019
Tim Newby

This is part one in a three-part feature on Leftover Salmon’s 30 years on the road.

Vince Herman’s unrestrained laughter echoed around his house. I had just told him that his good friend and mentor, Bruce Hampton, once said to me, “Leftover Salmon was the only band to make state birds evaporate and get healthier.”

Herman’s laughter was infectious and built every time he thought again about Hampton’s seemingly nonsensical quote. It was a classic Hampton quote, that on the surface may seem to make no sense, but upon deeper thought makes perfect sense. It spoke to the absurdity Leftover Salmon has embraced since first coming together three decades ago when they added drums to bluegrass and turned the staid, traditional style on its head. 

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Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama: Work To Do

August 7, 2019
Tim Newby

When you pair the out-of-this-world harmonies of the Blind Boys of Alabama and the legendary songwriting of Marc Cohn for a new album, Work to Do, the results are as you would expect: transcendentally magical.  

The unique partnership came about after Cohn had contributed a few songs to the Blind Boys of Alabama’s 2017 album, Almost Home. A special bond and connection was realized during those sessions, and Cohn began performing live with the Blind Boys at a number of select dates. 

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