Drew Emmitt Returns

Drew Emmitt Returns With Long Road Available July 15, 2008

Drew Emmitt
"Lord you know I've been so many places/At least I know I have a longer view", sings Leftover Salmon lead singer and mandolin player Drew Emmitt over a rollicking mandolin lick on the title track of his third solo effort, Long Road. "I've been on the road since the 80's - can you believe that? That's 25 years, a quarter of a century... Long Road is all about where I've been, what I've seen, where I've ended up and I invited all of my friends I met along the way to help me tell the story."

Revered as one of the most energetic and innovative mandolin players on the jamband/newgrass scene today, Emmitt's "inestimable talents" (An Honest Tune) don't end with just the instruments that can be picked. Holding the wheel steady on acoustic and electric slide mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar and mandola, Long Road also showcases Emmitt's superlative storytelling and versatile vocal abilities. With seven originals, including co-writes with John Cowan ("Long Road") and Jim Lauderdale ("I'm Alive"), Emmitt chose a few best-of-life-on-the-road songs, such as Supertramps' "Take the Long Way Home," Marshall-Tucker Band's "Take the Highway," and Van Morrison's "Gypsy in my Soul." Co-produced by Emmitt and Compass Records co-founder Garry West, "my heaven band," is how Emmitt describes the special guest musicians on Long Road: Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident (dobro), Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters (banjo), Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Tim O'Brien (harmony vocals), Alison Brown (banjo), Darrell Scott (vocals), Eric Thorin (bass), Jeff Sipe of Leftover Salmon and The Aquarium Rescue Unit (drums), John Cowan (vocals), Reese Wynans (Hammond B3), Steven Sandifer (percussion) and Tyler Grant (guitar).

Long Road will be available July 15 and Drew Emmitt will be on tour throughout the summer and fall of 2008, including appearances with Leftover Salmon at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the 10,000 Lakes Festival and with the Emmitt-Nershi band at the High Sierra Music Festival, the Rothbury Festival and Jam Cruise 7. Drew Emmitt and The Waybacks will tour the U.S. October 2008.


[Published on: 6/9/08]

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dreadyknowsbest starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/9/2008 08:48PM
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moecheeseplease Mon 6/9/2008 09:13PM
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this is jambase not cheerleadersbase

Wild Turkey Mon 6/9/2008 10:18PM
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Wild Turkey

DREWE! Rip Rollinsville a new ass for another 25!

mr2bits Tue 6/10/2008 12:11AM
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Go Ten-Thousand-Lakers!!!

Robusto Tue 6/10/2008 06:09AM
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Drew Emmitt is the f*ing man!

philhitz Tue 6/10/2008 07:46AM
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emmitt-nershi band had a nice set at hookahville -- i hope we see more of 'em in the future

salmon401 Tue 6/10/2008 08:15AM
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I am giddy to see him at Telluride Bluegrass on Friday. Leftover Salmon, the view, a Fat Tire in hand - it will be a beautiful thing.

toaster100 Tue 6/10/2008 08:34AM
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I watched the salmon set from wakarusa on iclips.net and they still sound great. Can't wait for 10klf. hemp hemp, hooray!!

Bryan24 Tue 6/10/2008 09:13AM
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emmitt nerhsi band is awesome! they play some great bluegrass versions of non bluegrass cheese songs and i heard em play and leftover songs in urbana they kick ass. Drew emmitt tears the mandolin up

acomma Tue 6/10/2008 11:40AM
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Drew Emmitt is one of my favorite voices in music... such great vocals.

acomma Tue 6/10/2008 11:41AM
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and Boston is 'bout to shut down LA on their home court. You heard it here first.

ao1 Tue 6/10/2008 11:48AM
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acomma knows whats up......also.....can't wait to see emmitt nershi band at rothburyy

willydog Tue 6/10/2008 02:15PM
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Drew Emmitt is the real deal. Great songwriter...great strings player...great vocals...great guy. If you don't have Freedom Ride, get it! If you don't know Drew you better ask somebody.

hiddentreasure starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/10/2008 03:03PM
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I love Drew! The band on this thing looks pretty nice. Can't wait for it to come out& to see him this summer.

Luke starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/10/2008 07:29PM
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Yeah Drew! So excited for this album and seeing Emmitt Nershi at HSMF!

r0llingst0ned starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/11/2008 11:40AM
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Drew Emmitt is the man. I've seen him tear it up with Salmon, the Drew Emmitt Band, and the Emmitt Nershi Band. His regular solos are sick, his slide solos are sick, and he can sing his ass off. Respect this man!

RedHeaven starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/11/2008 01:51PM
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Drew Emmitt is wonderful and underappreciated. My music mind would not be the same without his work and his voice. Thank you Drew!!! Im really excited about this new album. I had no clue he was coming out with some new stuff. Awesome.

Danimal Wed 6/11/2008 05:52PM
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acomma Wed 6/11/2008 06:26PM
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Alright, what is so bad about Nershi? There is always at least one person chiming in saying "uughhh Nershi sucks" or "yea everything was great until Nershi came out". From what I've listened to of him (which is a LOT), he is an EXTREMELY talented guitar player, great song writer, and a great stage personality. What's wrong with him? danimal?

birdsongjb Thu 6/12/2008 08:07AM
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Drew never left, just "Quietly Kicking Ass"!

THanks for the inspiration Drew!

vollostcom Sun 6/15/2008 06:55PM
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DREWWWWWWWWWWWWW....get on it...

shaka1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/18/2008 11:35AM
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Drew please come to Flagstaff! Pine amphitheatre would blow up if you showed up- or the orpheum in the winter


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