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09 - May
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Where:Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21202
B to reverb-drenched desert noir, from the cosmic roots music sound they helped create to neo-New Orleans-meets-Appalachia liquefaction. Theres an unmistakable evolution to Leftover Salmons sound, and Something Higher has an edge to it that feels entirely new.To create Something Higher, Leftover Salmon returned to long-time producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) with a new mission: to record at the famed Wavelab Studio in Tucson, Arizona, and to go all analog. The warmth of analog, coupled with Berlins uncommonly attuned ear for the dynamics of larger bands, brought a more focused sound to the group and challenged them as well. Hes always looking for that thing in a song or a groove that he hasnt heard before, says bassist Greg Garrison about Berlin, which is tricky because hes heard a lot of stuff already! He pushes the band to do something different, to surprise him. Over 10 days in Tucson, Leftover Salmon laid out the new music, each songwriter bringing a songwriting kernel and letting the rest of the band work out new improvisations to craft the final song. The key to Leftover Salmons music, now more than ever, is the way they marry technical precision with easy groove. Its a trick that old jazz players used to pull, a dance between virtuosity and the illusion of ease. In crafting the new music, founding members Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt provide a foundational focus and guiding spirit, while banjo player Andy Thorn keeps the band close to their original roots in backstage picking parties. The rhythm sectionbassist Garrison, keyboardist Erik Deutsch, and drummer Alwyn Robinson was a key focus point for Berlin, who drew out members backgrounds in jazz and hip-hop to zero in on the heart of Leftover Salmon: the groove.For the past quarter-century, Leftover Salmon has established itself as key to the Americana genre, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock n roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. They are the direct descendan
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