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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“Everybody Wins” with the Second Amendola Vs. Blades Album

October 12, 2019
Marty Halpern

After releasing all of their greatest hits in their 2016 debut album, Greatest Hits, the duo of Scott Amendola and Wil Blades are back with a fresh batch of material with their new album, Everybody Wins. For the sophomore album, the duo brought some of their friends along to add to the numerous layers of music they are known to create just by themselves.

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Trigger Hippy Reloads, Re-groups, and Records

October 9, 2019
Marty Halpern

Trigger Hippy

In 2014, after five years of touring with different band configurations, Trigger Hippy finally released its self-titled debut album. The band hit the road for over 40 energetic shows in 2014 and 2015 to support the album. So what do you do when everything finally seems to be falling into place? Put the band on hiatus of course.

That’s what founding members Steve Gorman (drummer The Black Crowes) and bassist Nick Govrik decided to do at the end of 2015. Not only was Gorman fully involved with Trigger Hippy at the time, he was also in the middle of dealing with the implosion and end of the Black Crowes. “I had a hangover from both bands, it really was that simple.” Gorman said.

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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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Marco Benevento’s “Let It Slide” – A Delicious Club Sandwich

August 23, 2019
Marty Halpern

If Marco Benevento had his way, his new album may have been named Leon, instead of Let It Slide, an homage to the album’s producer Leon Michels. Benevento and Michels met through west coast producer and sound man Richard Swift, who was supposed to mix Let It Slide. Swift, after whom Benevento named his 2014 recording Swift to recognize the amount of work the producer put in, passed away in July, 2018 before the album was mixed and things abruptly changed.

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