Slamgrass pioneer Leftover Salmon blend a unique instrumental mix - electric banjo, electric mandolin, fiddle, washboard and more - to produce the kind of genre-defying masterpieces that launched their career back in 1989.
Leftover Salmon's background
Leftover Salmon are considered a fusion of two previous bands, the Salmon Heads and Left Hand String Band. The Boulder, Colo., band refer to their unique take on bluegrass as polyethnic Cajun slamgrass - a multifaceted mashup of blues, country, rock and Cajun influences.
In March 2002, founding member/banjoist Mark Vann dies of cancer and was replaced by Noam Pikelny. The band took a break at the end of 2004, eventually reuniting in 2007. During that hiatus, the band released a 2006 documentary chronicling their story called Years In Your Ears.
The band is known to play at popular music festivals like High Sierra Music Festival, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the All Good Festival. Although most members are involved with successful side projects, the band still tries to play regularly around the Denver and Boulder areas to keep fans happy.
Leftover Salmon's top tracks
The Nashville Sessions (1999) features several fan favorites, including "Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes," "Midnight Blues," "Troubled Times" and "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Time."
In 2003, the band collaborated with alternative rockers Cracker, best known for their gold-selling Kerosene Hat album, to produce O' Cracker Where Art Thou? The album's songs are played by Cracker band members with musical accompaniment by Leftover Salmon and offer a bluegrass spin on alternative rock. The album features fan-favorite hits including "Low," "Euro-Trash Girl" and "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)."