When we had our benefit concerts for Mark Vann when he was ill, [Little Feat's] Paul Barrere and Bill Payne came out for those shows and played all five nights. We really formed a connection with them then and they were very supportive. Their presence was amazing and playing music with them was amazing after being such big Little Feat fans. So when we were trying to figure out producers for this record we were just trying to think of who would be really good organizationally—who would really bring all of this together. When Vince and I had gone out to the 25th Anniversary of Little Feat concert with Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jackson Browne, and Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Payne was the driving force in keeping it all together. So we had this vision of him: not only do we love his music, but he is really great at bringing different sounds together. He plays a particularly beautiful solo on "Whispering Waters"—-it makes me feel like I am at the ocean.
To celebrate the digital release of the album, Leftover Salmon is offering a free stream and download of the track "Whispering Waters" featuring Bill Payne:http://bit.ly/LOSWhisperingWaters.
In true Salmon form, they’ll be performing songs from the album at shows mixed in with other old Leftover favorites, songs from their 2012 release Aquatic Hitchhiker, as well as new tunes release last year through Breckenridge Brewery. Bill Payne meets up with LoS halfway through their Powder Daze Winter Tour at the WinterWonderGrass Festival in Avon, CO this February and then travels on with LoS for shows in Jackson, WY and Victor, ID, then two nights in Big Sky, MT with the tour ending in Missoula. Leftover Salmon will pick back up for their early spring tour starting in late March.
Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Today, Leftover Salmon is: Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin); Drew Emmitt (vocals, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, mandola, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo, National guitar); Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass, acoustic guitar); Alwyn Robinson (drums, percussion).
Be sure to tune in to LiveSalmon.com for LIVE-streams of all shows (provided there is access to an Internet connection) and downloads of live performances within a few days of the show.
The release comes just in time for the group's Colorado tour, including a date at the Conference Center in Telluride on February 16th. Tickets and more information can be found here
Leftover Salmon on Tour
2/12 Wed - Crested Butte Center for the Arts - Crested Butte, CO
2/13 Thu - Crested Butte Center for the Arts - Crested Butte, CO
2/14 Fri - Animas City Theatre - Durango, CO
2/15 Sat - Animas City Theatre - Durango, CO
2/16 Sun - Telluride Conference Center - Telluride, CO
2/21 Fri - WinterWonderGrass Festival - Avon, CO*