If anybody’s quite busy these days, it’s the premier progressive slamgrass group on the scene, Leftover Salmon. In the past week, the band has gone from opening for Phil Lesh at Red Rocks Amphitheater—which was topped off with a set at a brewery party the very next day—to flying to the east coast immediately to New York City, to first play their sold-out album release show and to then the following night open up a spelling bee with a set featuring Andy Frasco and the U.N., at the second annual Relix Music Conference.
Salmon’s now officially released album, Something Higher, is a great new gem that showcases a deeper exploration of their beautiful songwriting, mixing many varying kinds of grooves with a range of intense emotions. The record was showcased magnificently with the sold-out album release party in NYC, at famed music club The Bowery Electric. A massive crowd squeezed into the intimate downstairs space to hear the slamgrass six-piece blaze through their fresh material, which they did with multiple frenetic peaks, a tribute to the late Col. Bruce Hampton, and a sublime sitting-in, for most of the evening, from Berkeley Music alum and fiddle master Alex Hargreaves.
Check out our gallery of photographs of Leftover Salmon’s album release show at Bowery Electric, and for more information, head to leftoversalmon.com.
Article and Photographs by Miles Hurley