STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – For
over 25 years, Leftover Salmon has headlined shows and festivals across the
country. With time comes change, and Leftover Salmon is very familiar with this concept.
point came recently, when our current
full band came
together,” says banjo
player Andy Thorn. "We collaborated with Bill Payne for a while - he left to join the Doobie Brothers,
around for a sixth member, then finally played with Erik
Deutsch, who is an amazing keyboard player,” Thorn says.
“Something really clicked with him. We
also have a new drummer, Alwyn Robinson, who is
incredible and so much fun to be around.
Adding him and Erik has
brought the age of the band down a bit, which is nice for us younger members. Our
fun level is even higher now.” Thorn, Robinson and Deutsch join longtime band
members Vince Herman on vocals, guitar and washboard, Drew Emmitt on vocals,
mandolin, fiddle and electric guitar and Greg Garrison on vocals and bass.
“It’s pretty cool to be a fan of Drew and Vince as a
young teenager and now they’re like my older brothers. I love those guys."
in the band really wants to be there and everybody is in it to win it,” Thorn
we’ve had that group for almost two years. It’s been fun to develop with them
and have a six-piece full-time.”
joined Leftover Salmon in 2010 after a brief stint in the The Broke Mountain
Bluegrass Band with Anders Beck from Greensky Bluegrass and Travis Book from
The Infamous Stringdusters.
“I played a
lot of instruments as kid,” Thorn says. "The banjo was the first bluegrass instrument I picked up; I found it at a yard sale.
I also had a mandolin and a guitar
all through my younger years, but I was drawn to the banjo.
the reasons was because not a lot of people were playing it, so I was kind of
unique in that way. I had the banjo and I was playing it.”
a lot of upcoming bluegrass artists learn about the music from more of the ‘jammy’
side of the spectrum from bands like us, Greensky and The Infamous
Stringdusters,” Thorn says. “I
would encourage the young people coming up to learn the roots first. A lot of
people skip over that these days because of all
of these great bands that are a little more progressive and maybe a little more
interesting. People need to learn the roots as well, like the old fiddle tunes
and the traditional songs.”
you will hear a lot of the Colorado outdoor and mountain themes in our stuff,”
Thorn says. “A lot
of our inspiration comes from our experiences in Colorado. I’m sure you
Steamboat folks can appreciate that.”
coming from Leftover Salmon is a unique blend of Cajun/Zydeco,rock,
country and bluegrass. "Poly-ethnic
Cajun Slamgrass” is the term coined by the band to describe their blend of
Salmon is releasing a new album early next year. “Were really excited about it,”
“It’s a little bit more of a band album than the last two were. All of the band
members were really into it and contributed original material. We recorded it
all to analog tape, which
is cool and different to us and gave it a
really natural vibe.”
had all of these vintage synthesizers and Eric was amazing on them,”
Thorn says. “You
will hear sounds on this record that you’ve definitely never heard on a
Leftover Salmon album before. We're not the most organized band. We are figuring things out as we go, which I
thought was a really neat way to do it instead of being over-rehearsed and
tight. Everyone contributes ideas as we go, then we go out for drinks after.”
The guys in
Leftover Salmon have worked hard to ensure their presence remains as one of the
most charismatic and engaging bands to hit the touring circuit.
“We’ve played in Steamboat many times,”
“We’ve actually played closing day twice, and
those have been some of my favorite gigs.”
shows at the base of Steamboat Resort always encourage attendance from eclectic
groups of music fans. “The thong guy you know? How can you beat that? He’s on
his buddy’s shoulders in a Borat thong, eye level with the stage,”
excited to be back in Steamboat and see everyone on the mountain. I’ll be the
gaper,” Thorn says. “I’m
excited for WinterWonderGrass. It’s cold and the nighttime set isn’t pretty but
we have fun. There is a lot of whiskey involved. I get to be an artist at large
and play with the band.”
catch Leftover Salmon at the WinterWonderGrass Festival this February. For more information
on the festival, lodging and ski passes, visit www.winterwondergrass.com