On Monday night, the current lineup of Leftover Salmon played an hour and a half set of all of the songs from their newest album, Something Higher, to a packed audience of Salmon faithful at Bowery Electric in New York City. Tickets went on sale months in advance and sold out quickly. With newest members Alwyn Robinson on drums and Erik Deutsch on keys, the current lineup really brings the mountains of Colorado to the city of New York (both Robinson and Deutsch are from Brooklyn!).
Leftover Salmon likes to define their sound as “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass”, though last night’s show sounded more like “Polyethnic Psychedelic Jamgrass”, and much of that has to do with the addition of Deutsch on keys. The show opened with Vince playing Drew’s electric guitar while Drew played Vince’s acoustic. At the conclusion of that song, “Places”, they switched back to their normal places and instruments, with Vince proclaiming, “That was weird!”
The band played the new album basically in order, and some of the standout tracks were “Show Me Something Higher”, “Analog”, and “Astral Traveler”, an homage to fallen legend Col. Bruce Hampton, as well as “Foreign Fields”, a song penned and sung by Alwyn Robinson. Longtime member Drew Emmitt and newer addition Andy Thorn stood out on electric guitar/mandolin and banjo/electric banjo, respectively.
The new album from Leftover Salmon is great, especially for fans of jam, bluegrass, or slamgrass. It’s great to see that they can update their sound and style, yet still stay true to their roots. For anyone looking to catch them this summer, they can be seen: tonight (5/8) at Brooklyn Bowl; 5/26 at Summer Camp Music Festival; 7/20 at Peach Music Festival.
You can order Something Higher here.