Interview: Leftover Salmon
Americana group, Leftover Salmon, played the inaugural Waterloo Music Festival this past Sunday in Austin. Right after their set, Loud had the opportunity to sit down with the Colorado-based group and chat about their recent release, Something Higher. Check out the interview below and be sure to listen to the killer album if you haven’t yet!
What was the writing process like for your new album, Something Higher?
“Show Me Something Higher” was the first song I (Drew Emmitt, Mandolinist/Singer) was messing with. I first thought of the song while driving in my car from Telluride to Crested Butte, Colorado. Vince wrote the second half of the verses. It was the first tune that Vince (Vince Herman, Guitarist/Singer) and I collaborated on. We teased the idea for many years.
Everyone had stuff brewing for the record. Even our drummer, Alwyn (Alwyn Robinson) contributed a song, “Foreign Fields”, to the record. That’s rare to have a drummer write a song…that doesn’t happen everyday, unless you’re in The Eagles. There aren’t a lot of songwriters that are drummers, so that is really cool.
Where did you record Something Higher?
WaveLab Studio in Tucson, Arizona. The studio had about 40 keyboards laid out and set up on the wall. They all seemed to work actually. The mellotron was one of our favorites…it’s a weird old vintage keyboard. Gives you that Strawberry Fields sound.
It all came together in the studio?
We wrote most of the record in the studio. That, in my opinion, is what made it really cool and exciting. We’d come up with the songs in the studio, record them, and put them directly on the record.
Where are you excited to play next?
We’re excited for the North East venues. Alwyn and Erik (Erik Deutsch, Keyboards) live in Brooklyn, so we are becoming more of a New York band. In our 28 years of touring, we haven’t done a lot of touring in the North East, compared to other parts of the country.
We’re also headlining the Wide Open Bluegrass festival and are excited because we didn’t think we we were known as a “traditional bluegrass band”.
Leftover Salmon’s next show is at the Brooklyn Bowl this upcoming Thursday. If you can’t make that, be sure to check out the rest of their tour, here!