Vince Herman by Susan J. Weiand
Colorado "new-grass" pioneers unite for a two-week tour throughout the western states for their "String-Fling Tour." The traveling event brings to light the long-term musical relationship between Leftover Salmon's front man, Vince Herman, and the musicians in Shanti Groove. The tour will feature a complete set with each artist followed by an extended collaboration between Shanti Groove and Herman.

Shanti Groove, treasured for their distinctive new-grass music, recently returned from recording their sophomore album in Nashville, TN with renowned producer Scott Rouse, a GRAMMY Nominee for "Producer of Bluegrass Album Of The Year," known for his work with Doc Watson, Del McCoury and Mac Wiseman among others. The band plays a variety of traditional bluegrass standards morphed with elements of jazz, rock, blues and earth-lovin' country along with a number of originals which shine as creatively as their unique and often humorous names.

Guitarist Vince Herman established the slamgrass legacy over 15-years ago when he formed Leftover Salmon, high in the Rocky Mountains. Herman, renowned for his distinctive poly-ethinic-guitar-pickin' and high-energy lyrics is a sought-after staple in the festival and touring circuit. He joins Shanti Groove for this tour after the recent announcement that Leftover Salmon will be taking an undetermined break from touring in 2005.

Together, their unique blend of electric, effect-heavy bluegrass can turn a tired Sunday performance into a foot stomping, jaw dropping musical fiesta for listeners of all ages. The following two-week tour promises to break the boundaries of improvisational bluegrass, as we know it.

String-Fling Tour

2.17 | Sierra Vista, Tahoe City, CA
2.18 | Caspar Inn, Caspar, CA
2.19 | 12 Galaxies, San Francisco, CA
2.20 | The Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA
2.23 | WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
2.24 | The Goodfoot Lounge, Portland, OR
2.25 | Nectar's, Seattle, WA
2.26 | Nightlife, Bellingham, WA
2.27 | Panimonicas, Tacoma, WA
3.03 | Bear Tooth Theater, Alaska, AK

For more information check out the Shanti Groove's official website.

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[Published on: 1/20/05]

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