From their jamgrass origins in Boulder, Colorado in 1989 to their most popular songs, Leftover Salmon has had a profound influence on the Americana music scene.
Leftover Salmon, who is widely credited as the originators of jamgrass, a unique blend of bluegrass and rock music, was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1989 by Vince Herman, Drew Emmitt and Mark Vann. The three had met in various musical projects and formed the musical collective which would soon become one of the most influential bluegrass-jam bands in the music industry.
Leftover Salmon's influential career began in earnest in 1991 with their debut album titled "Bridges to Bert,” released on the labels Southdraw and Flying Moose. The album was assigned tribute albums, such as “Leftovers” and “Bridges, Vol. 2.”
By 1994, Leftover Salmon had released their second studio album, “Ask the Fish” as well as their first live album, “Live.” At the time, their lineup also changed, as guitarist and banjoist Matt Flinner was added.
Over the years, their lineup included many acclaimed musicians such as Dave Willey and Tye North, as well as highly respected members of the bluegrass and folk music community such as banjoist Jeff Mosier and mandolinist Noam Pikelny.
Leftover Salmon has been a major influence on a generation of jam bands and bluegrass musicians. Other similar bands include The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, and Railroad Earth.
Leftover Salmon has released a number of notable songs that have become staples of the band's live shows as well as popular bluegrass/jamgrass singles that have been featured on various projects. Their most popular songs include "Joke's On Me," "Ain't Gonna Work," and "Carnival Time.” Other notable songs are “Let's Give A Party," "Lonesome Road," and "Midnight Blues.”
Leftover Salmon has been a major influence in the Americana music scene since the 90s and continues to inspire a generation of musicians with their unique blend of bluegrass, jam and folk music.
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