“Few musicians combine country, bluegrass, Cajun and rock in such rowdy, infectious, cure-all fashion as Leftover Salmon.”
– San Francisco Chronicle
Seamlessly weaving a wide variety of influences into a fiery, improvisation-driven tapestry, Leftover Salmon has an indescribable ability to dazzle, enrapture, and intrigue audiences. Taking elements of Cajun, funk, Southern rock, boogie, Caribbean, Latin, and jazz, the Colorado-born jam band was created in 1989 by two members of progressive bluegrass band the Left Hand String Band (Drew Emmitt and Mark Vann) and Vince Herman of the Calypso/Cajun band The Salmonheads.
Leftover Salmon released their first two albums Bridges to Bert, 1992, and Ask the Fish, 1995, under their own label before they were signed to Hollywood Records, upon which they released Euphoria, 1997, and Nashville Sessions, featuring Nashville legends such as Bela Fleck, Waylon Jennings, and Earl Scruggs, 1999.
When Mark Vann was diagnosed with melanoma, he encouraged the band to stick through it and continue making music. After he passed away in 2002, Leftover Salmon signed with Compass Records and created the live album Live (pronounced “liv”) in tribute to their friend and founder. They also took his wishes to heart and toured extensively, playing every major rock and folk festival and countless clubs and theaters.
In 2003, Leftover Salmon toured with bluegrass powerhouse the Del McCoury Band before creating the album O’ Cracker Where Art Thou? with the rock band Cracker, released on Pitch A Tent label. In 2004, the band released their self-titled album, Leftover Salmon, on Compendia Records. At the end of that year, the band decided to take a break from touring in order to spend much-needed time with their families. Their last show was on New Years Eve, 2004-2005.
In 2007, Leftover Salmon reunited for a short Northwest tour before going back to their individual lives. The band continues to get together occasionally for specific dates, and though the future of the band is uncertain, Leftover Salmon remains open and at peace, and ready at any moment to pick up and begin again where they left off.