Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Like a modern-day Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leftover Salmon are here to bridge the gap between hippie rock and traditional country and bluegrass. So it may help to think of The Nashville Sessions as a poor man's Will the Cir... more »
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Like a modern-day Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leftover Salmon are here to bridge the gap between hippie rock and traditional country and bluegrass. So it may help to think of The Nashville Sessions as a poor man's Will the Circle Be Unbroken, especially with Circle veterans Jeff Hanna and Randy Scruggs (who produced this record) along for the ride. Leftover invite bluegrass and newgrass heroes and jam-band buddies to contribute here, and the results are as mixed as the musical influences. Clearly, Leftover thrive on the exuberant stomps and chuckles, as on their original "Dance on Your Head" and John Hartford's "Up on the Hill Where We Do the Boogie." Both Lucinda Williams (on the Cajun-flavored romp "Lines Around Your Eyes") and Taj Mahal (on the gentle "Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes") lead the band through worthy interpretations of their own songs, while Widespread Panic's John Bell helps turn "Nobody's Fault but Mine" into a sleepy, slow-burning gem. Yet earnestness simply does not become this band, and too many cuts have a poppy sincerity (remember the Dirt Band analogy) that plays away from Salmon's strengths. --Marc Greilsamer
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Caution: Only for people who know about real music!
M. Levene | Southern California | 03/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Salmon last month for the first time without knowing anything about the band. They knocked my socks off! I bought this CD not knowing which one to buy and now it is one of my all time favorites. This CD crosses so many musical spectrums that it is almost dizzying listening to it straight through. But all the songs have one thing in common... they are all super-intense and totally jam (especially track 12). I highly recommend this CD to anyone who considers themselves a fan of music!"
My new favorite album
Nathaniel W. Greer | Little Rock, Arkansas, USA | 12/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have heard a lot of good things about Leftover Salmon, but have never heard any of their music until I borrowed this album from a friend. It never left my cd player until he made me give it back, and I would not do that until I had another copy for myself. While some of the tunes are not alltogether keepers, there are a several that will go into heavy rotation on your stereo. When you are listening to "Breakin' Thru" - (featuring Reese Wynans/Jerry Douglas/John Cowan) Notice the Dobro solo. Remember that Jerry Douglas is playing with a metal bar in his left hand. That is basicly like playing with one really stiff finger. The man must be an alien. That is just one of the many highlights. Also notice the slide mandolin solo on "Up On The Hill Where We Do The Boogie". If you are into Jam Bands, Bluegrass, virtuoso musicianship, or good country (not Shania) you will enjoy this album."
One of the year's 10 best Cds. A must-have!
John A.W. Polsgrove | Tucson, Baja Arizona | 12/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Leftover Salmon played second stage back in the, what, '96 or '97 HORDE tour and I remember being one of about 10 people checking them out at the Las Cruces, NM, show. They blew me away they and they continue to do so. I'm having one of those periods in life where everything is going wrong and life just is lousy. I put on this CD today and the 9-minute tune, Troubled Times, just jumped out of the speakers and spoke to me. It made a really, really bad day bearable. There's a great cover of the classic traditonal Nobody's Fault But Mine and Waylon sits in on Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way. Lots of Nashville folk join in, but beneath it all, Salmon carries the CD to new heights. I've listed to this over and over and, like Euphoria, it just gets better with time. Get it. It's great!"