Leftover Salmon (from the album Something Higher)
The Something Higher title for the recent Leftover Salmon release could easily apply to the sound targets the band hits on the album. Based in a string band love of Cajun music and jamming, Leftover Salmon have made a career of pushing against perceptions of how Americana should sound for several decades. Something Higher keeps band-honed traditions in place, expanding on the Leftover Salmon soundscape. Mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and banjo notes play tag, the strings scurrying across the instrumental “Game of Thorns”. The rhythm orders a marching beat as “Southern Belle” faces realities in the morning sun while political problems shuffle “House of Cards” as the story seals the deal with love.
The melody slowly revolves as “Burdened Heart” turns the page on memories, Something Higher rising up on percolated beats and agitated strums as “Foreign Fields” pays the toll for love while a front porch jam spreads advice for better days over “Let in a Little Light”. From beginnings in 1989 Boulder, Colorado, Leftover Salmon became a traveling minstrel show, following the path of pioneering bands such as Little Feat, Grateful Dead, New Grass Revival, and The Band. For over a quarter century Leftover Salmon have continued to perfect their recipe for Jamgrass, passing on a sound concocted in the LoS kitchen to groups such Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass. Elephant Revival, Railroad Earth, and Infamous Stringdusters. Rhythms tumble and roll over “Show Me Something Higher”, Leftover Salmon backed by a horn section for the funky romp as the album shows audio home movies from decades of touring when “Evermore” shares stories of the road, balancing with happiness of home in the Colorado mountains while “Places” namedrops the beauty of North American highways.
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