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Leftover Salmon (from the album Grass Roots available on Leftover Salmon/Compass Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Leftover Salmon have explored multiple genres of music over there 30-plus year career. Godfathers of the JamGrass scene, they’ve dipped into Bluegrass, Americana, Roots, Folk, and Funk without ever being labeled solely with one style, instead using them all as exploratory avenues. Leftover Salmon have also remained a stellar live act, and their latest in Grass Roots reflects that live sound both in song selection and energy, an album tipping its hat to songs that have crept into the band’s setlists. The tribute is done oh-so well.
There’s a Country bounce in The Delmore Brothers’ “Blue Railroad Train” while “Riding on the L&N” is a Bluegrass cut delivered fast and furious. Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate” is covered somber and straight, there’s a Little Feat inspired Roots-Funk in Link Wray’s “Fire & Brimstone” and David Bromberg’s “New Lee Highway Blues” leans fiddle heavy.
Always unafraid to take their own liberties, they turn the Grateful Dead’s “Black Peter” into a train rhythmed NuGrass cut. Leftover Salmon is a stacked band of instrumentalists, Surrounding themselves with equally proficient players. Grass Roots is no different, welcoming Billy Strings, Oliver Wood, and Darol Anger to add sweet touches. Without guests, Leftover Salmon are a powerhouse, the younger Andy Thorn and Jay Starling slaying banjo and dobro, while the rhythm section of Alwyn Robinson and Greg Garrison are major support to the tenured Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman. Grass Roots just proof that you’re as good as the company you keep. Like these songs, they’re all aging with grace and goodness. (by Bryant Liggett)
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