Leftover Salmon


  • From Boulder, Colorado.
  • Formed in 1989. The name came from combining the names of two of the members previous bands: “The Left Hand String Band” (led by Drew Emmitt) and “The Salmon Heads” (led by Vince Herman).
  • They called their music “Poly-ethnic Cajon Slam Grass.”
  • Original members: Drew Emmitt (mandolin), Vince Herman (guitar), Mark Vann (banjo), Jeff Stipe (drums), Tye North (bass.)
  • 1993, released first album Bridges to Bert (Hollywood).
  • 1995, released Ask the Fish album (Hollywood).
  • 1997, released Euphoria album (Hollywood).
  • 1999, released Nashville Sessions album (Hollywood).
  • 2001, Vann died of melanoma cancer in 2001. He was replaced by Noam Pikelny (2003).
  • 2002, Emmitt recorded a solo project with Sam Bush, John Cowan, Scott Vestal, others.
  • 2003, toured with the Del McCoury Band.
  • 2003, released O’Cracker Where Art Thou album (Telegraph Company).
  • 2004, released Leftover Salmon album for Compendium records, then disbanded.
  • 2005, Emmitt formed the Drew Emmitt Band. Herman formed Great American Taxi.
  • 2007-2010, reunited for several concerts with Matt Flinner on banjo.
  • 2010, banjo player Andy Thorn joined the group and the band was reborn.
  • 2012, released Aquatic Hitchhiker album (LOS).
  • 2014, released High Country album (LOS).