Colorado’s pioneering slam-grass band, Leftover Salmon, took an eight-year recording hiatus after the death of long-time bandmate Mark Vann. Today marks the end of that hiatus with ‘Aquatic Hitchhiker’, Leftover Salmon’s first album since 2004, its first with all original compositions and its first with 29-year-old banjo prodigy Andy Thorn.
Critics agree ‘Aquatic Hitchhiker’ is as sharply crafted as any album in the band’s catalog and that it firmly establishes Leftover Salmon as the influential slam-grass band that paved the way for String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band and others.
2012 career benchmarks for Leftover Salmon also include the new behind-the-scenes documentary Salmonlandia, the band’s first, massive public block party in downtown Denver and a residency on the Discovery Channel’s After The Catch, which airs in June following the hit reality series the Deadliest Catch.
“A mix of bluegrass, country, Americana, blues, jazz and classical influences, plus some unexpected hints of New Orleans and calypso.” – Associated Press
“A fixture on the jam band scene, Leftover Salmon knows how to make the most of its wide-ranging influences.” – Utne Reader
“Quick-fingered” – Consequence Of Sound
“They define the jam-grass genre.” – Boulder Weekly (Cover Feature)
“Beloved.” – American Songwriter
“A refreshingly potent yet relaxed work.” – JamBands
“Intensely unique…[Leftover Salmon] did more than inspire musicians…It officially brought the string music sound into a ‘jam band’ scene.” – Honest Tune