Even if you’re unfamiliar with John Hartford, his presence looms large over roots and bluegrass music. On the Road: A Tribute to John Hartford gathers many of those bands who have been influenced by Hartford, as well as some of his peers, for a tribute to his legendary songwriting. To a generation of bands Hartford was an eccentric, pioneering musician – a guiding spirit who showed it was possible to infuse the traditional sound of bluegrass with the hippie ideals prevalent in the late 60s and early 70s.
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.
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.
Since the world shut down a few weeks ago and all live music events have come to a stop we have been wondering what those in the music industry have been doing with their time at home. We reached out and asked our friends, favorite bands, and people in the questions below to find out what they have been doing while living the Quarantine Life.
Del McCoury’s DelFest has added Leftover Salmon, The Jerry Douglas Band, Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene, and others to its 2020 lineup. This year’s installment of the festival will take place over Memorial Day weekend (May 21 to 24) in Cumberland, MD at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.
Thirty years in, and Leftover Salmon is still hitting the road hard. The band has released their first batch of 2020 tour dates and supporting acts. The dates take the band through Texas in January with a few stops out west in March. They haven also released the dates for Boogie at the Broadmoor at the end of March in Colorado.
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.”
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.
What The Night Brings – a tribute to Jeff Austin – will be held on November 4 in Denver, Colorado at the Mission Ballroom. All proceeds will go to the Jeff Austin Family fund. The event will feature performances by Austin’s former bandmates, contemporaries and collaborators.