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Leftover Salmon
Leftover Salmon at Red Rocks 2016.jpg
Leftover Salmon at Red Rocks 2016
Background information
OriginBoulder, Colorado, U.S.
GenresCajun, bluegrass
LabelsHollywood, Compass, Compendia, Los Records, Whirled Beats
Left Hand String Band, Salmon Heads, Great American Taxi, Drew Emmitt Band, String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, Punch Brothers, Emmitt-Nershi Band

Leftover Salmon is an American jam band from Boulder, Colorado, formed in 1989. The band's music is a blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/Zydeco.


The band formed in 1989, when members of the Salmon Heads, Vince Herman, Dave Dorian, and Gerry Cavagnaro, combined with members of the Left Hand String Band, Drew Emmitt and Glenn Keefe, to play a New Year's Eve show in 1989 at the Eldo in Crested Butte. Herman had previously played with Emmitt in the Left Hand String Band, and had called on his former bandmates Emmitt and Keefe to fill in for some missing members of the Salmon Heads for the New Year's Eve show. They chose the name Leftover Salmon on the drive to the show.[1]

The synergy worked and the result was Leftover Salmon. The lineup changed significantly over the years, but the "Big Three" - Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman and Mark Vann -- remained the heart of the band until Vann's death in 2002.[2][3]

After the independent release of Bridges to Bert in 1993 [4] and the 1995 live follow-up Ask the Fish,[5] Leftover Salmon gained a spot on the H.O.R.D.E. festival tour and a contract with Hollywood Records.[2] Their Hollywood debut and second studio album, Euphoria with guest keyboardist Pete Sears, continued to define their eclectic sound and introduced many songs that became their most notable. They released four albums with the Disney owned label.[3] In 2000, Bill McKay, formerly of the Derek Trucks Band, joined the band on keyboards and vocals and the band recorded several of his songs. He remained with the band until late 2011.

In March 2002, founding member and banjoist Mark Vann died from cancer.[6] He was succeeded by Noam Pikelny.

In 2004, the band announced they were going on hiatus at the end of that year.[7]

An award-nominated documentary film of Leftover Salmon, titled Years in Your Ears, was released on DVD in November 2006.[8]

Leftover Salmon reunited in 2007 and played six performances, including the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California, the All Good Festival in West Virginia, as well as Denver and Boulder, Colorado shows in late December. Leftover Salmon marked their unofficial return to the stage with a performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival on Sunday, June 24, 2007, as "Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman and Friends." They were introduced by Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band with the line, "We know what it might say in the program, but I think we all really know what's going on here."[9]

Despite their various successful side projects, Leftover Salmon played seven times during the summer of 2008 and 2009.[10] For a special New Years run, the band celebrated 20 years as a band by returning to the site of their first show in Crested Butte, Colorado: The Eldo. The band played four shows through Denver and Boulder Colorado during this run while celebrating their 20th anniversary. Since moving Andy Thorn in to the banjo role, the band has been touring more than usual with small runs throughout the country.

On May 22, 2012, the band released their first album since their hiatus. The album was called Aquatic Hitchhiker.[10] An extensive promotional tour followed including the Summer Camp Music Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.[11]

Starting on June 19, 2012, the band is the featured "house band" at the Whales Tail Bar in Breckenridge, Colorado on the Deadliest Catch - After the Catch episodes.[12]

In 2015, they released the studio album High Country and the following year released a compilation double album of live performances with the title 25.[2]

In 2018, they released the studio album "Something Higher"

Band members

Current members

  • Vince Herman - Vocals, Guitar, Washboard (1989-present)
  • Drew Emmitt - Vocals, Mandolin, Fiddle, Electric Guitar (1989-present)
  • Greg Garrison - Bass, Vocals (2000-present)
  • Alwyn Robinson - Drums, Vocals (2013-present)
  • Andy Thorn - Banjo, Electric Banjo, Vocals (2010-present)
  • Erik Deutsch - Keyboards (2016-present)

Former members

  • Mark Vann - Banjo, Electric Banjo (1989-2002)
  • Michael Wooten - Drums (1989-1997)
  • Glenn Keefe - Bass (1989-1993)
  • Joe Jogerst - Keyboards (1989-1993)
  • Tye North - Bass (1993-2000)
  • Noam Pikelny - Banjo, Electric Banjo (2002-2008)
  • Matt Flinner - Banjo (2009-2010)
  • Jeff Sipe - Drums (1997-2000, 2009-2011)
  • Bill McKay - Keyboards, Vocals (2000-2011)
  • Jose Martinez - Drums (until 2013)
  • Bill Payne - Piano, Organ, Vocals (2014-2015)

Featured Artists

  • Danny Boone Featured in Nashville Sessions
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Randy Scruggs

Selective discography


Leftover Salmon

Year Title Label
1993 Bridges to Bert Whirled Beets
1995 Ask the Fish Bert
1997 Euphoria Hollywood
1999 The Nashville Sessions Hollywood [13]
2002 Live Compass [14]
2004 Leftover Salmon Compendia [15]
2012 Aquatic Hitchhiker Los Records
2014 High Country Los Records [16]
2016 25 Los Records
2018 Something Higher Los Records



  • Years In Your Ears ...a Story of Leftover Salmon (2006, DVD)


  1. ^ Hutchinson, Nick. "Q&A with Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon". Westword. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Leftover Salmon - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on May 6, 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Jam on: 25 years on, Leftover Salmon still fresh". Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Bridges to Bert - Leftover Salmon - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on March 27, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Ask the Fish". AllMusic. Archived from the original on July 19, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Leftover Salmon's Mark Vann Dies". Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Leftover Salmon adds to its 25-year-long legacy". March 3, 2016. Archived from the original on April 2, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Years in Your Ears, A Story of Leftover Salmon - Glide Magazine". May 29, 2007. Archived from the original on March 3, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Leftover Salmon (June 24, 2007). "Leftover Salmon Live at 34th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival Main Stage on 2007-06-24". Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Leftover Salmon's Vince Herman Discusses New Album, 'Aquatic Hitchhiker'". Archived from the original on March 3, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Check Out: Leftover Salmon - "Aquatic Hitchhiker" (CoS Premiere)". March 28, 2012. Archived from the original on October 30, 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Leftover Salmon spawns new chapter - November 2012". Archived from the original on August 11, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "The Nashville Sessions - Leftover Salmon - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Live - Leftover Salmon - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Leftover Salmon - Leftover Salmon - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "PHOTOS/REVIEW: Leftover Salmon - Boulder Theater 11/28/14 - Marquee Magazine". Archived from the original on February 17, 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "O Cracker, Where Art Thou? - Leftover Salmon - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on April 28, 2017. Retrieved 2018.

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