Feb 3, 2018
Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based
music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed
in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slam grass pioneers
took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a
time when it wasn’t so common, helping Salmon become a pillar of
the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jamgrass genre.
Today, Leftover Salmon is Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic guitar,
washboard); Drew Emmitt (vocals, acoustic and electric mandolin,
electric guitar, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric
banjo); Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass); Alwyn
Robinson (drums); Erik Deutsch (keyboard).
Also featured on this episode, Keb' Mo'. Keb' played at the tent in 2004, and dusting off the 14-year old recording is an excellent way to celebrate his return to the Big top in 2018. He's a blues icon that owes his longevity as a singer and writer to a combination of masterful, anecdotal writing skills, distinctive guitar versatility, and resonant, blues-soaked vocals. Every song tells a story, and every story reminds us why Keb' Mo' is one of the most versatile and engaging performers on today's roots rock and blues scene.