Leftover Salmon: Celebrating 20 Years Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our Leftover Salmon: Celebrating 20 Years feature. It is with great pride that we offer you this unique, multi-part series full of interviews, photos, videos, and two albums worth (28 tracks total) of mostly never-before released live Leftover Salmon!

In Part 1 of our feature we spoke with founders Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt, as well as Sam Bush, Wavy Gravy, Yonder Mountain String Band's Ben Kaufmann, Little Feat's Paul Barrere, Ronnie McCoury, and more to tell the complete story of this legendary band.

Part 1 also included the first set of songs from our free double album giveaway. You can read the full history of Leftover Salmon in Part 1 here, and you can download the first set of songs from the Leftover Salmon Celebrating 20 Years sampler here. Part 2 of the live download is offered here, and if you go to the last page of this feature you will find complete track list info and download instructions.

The second batch of songs we're offering include sit-ins from such luminaries as Phish's Trey Anastasio, Widespread Panic's John Bell, Pete Sears, Karl Denson, John Cowan, and Jeff Austin.

We caught up with most of these artists to help shed light on just how deep Leftover Salmon's influence runs. So, fire up that audio player at the top of this article (featuring all the songs we're giving away in Part 2) and dig into some Leftover Salmon.

Check out Part 3 of our feature here.

John Bell - Widespread Panic

JamBase: Thinking about Leftover Salmon's 20 year history, how do you feel they have most significantly influenced the music world?

Vince Herman & John Bell - Leftover Salmon by Weintrob
JB: I notice a lot of new, and very cool, bands on the scene that have turned traditional bluegrass instrumentation up a notch. It wakes you up to the energy of our most recent generation. Leftover Salmon was working in that world years ago. I believe they are a crucial link to keeping bluegrass roots alive and evolving.

JamBase: In what way has Leftover Salmon influenced your own music or perhaps your life?

JB: Listening to and playing with the boys are genuine vehicles for having a good time. They are fun and funny to hang with, and I've never witnessed an ego-based moment in any of them. They are a rare reminder that music is best expressed with selfless awareness.

JamBase: On 9/9/2000 at Planet Salmon in Lyons, CO, you sat in with the band on a big "Nobody's Fault But Mine" jam with Jeff Austin, Pete Sears, and John Cowan. We are featuring this song in our live album giveaway and are wondering if you have any memories of that night, perhaps even the songs?

JB: At Planet Salmon I remember riding through the audience in a wagon wearing some freaky, wizard-y costume. I think we were throwing trinkets out to The People, Mardi Gras style. Mostly, I was trying to keep from falling off that particular wagon.

I was also invited to play "Nobody's Fault But Mine" with Salmon on a studio album - we did a couple run throughs, two live takes without overdubs, and picked one as the track. All of life should be that uncomplicated. I was truly honored to be included. I think there was beer involved. Col. Bruce Hampton was my chaperone.

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