Thursday, November 4

DVD Review: Leftover Salmon Live (Celebrating 20 years) / Twice in a Blue Moon

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DVD: Leftover Salmon Live
(Celebrating 20 years)
Name: Twice in a Blue Moon 
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
Words: Kevin Long

I had the fortune of living in Denver for a significant period of my life. Leftover Salmon served as the Colorado house band and I caught them countless times over my tenure. So I was giddy as a kid on Christmas morning when their new DVD arrived at my house the other day. “Twice In A Blue Moon” is a musical odyssey filmed in High Definition of their 2009 New Years Eve show at the historic Boulder Theatre. The material celebrates the full twenty years of this resilient (what I like to call a) Jam Grass giant. Although the band has suffered more than their fair share of heartbreak; notably, founding member and banjo virtuoso, Mark Vann losing his battle to cancer in 2002.

This show captures the essence of what makes Leftover Salmon so fun and why they have stood the test of time. Seamlessly mixing every style of music and creating an unparalleled sound. 

The show opens with the classic “Just Before The Evening”, showcasing Drew Emmitt’s astonishing mandolin chops and his delicate voice. All during the trip down memory lane, I found myself grinning ear to ear at Vince Herman’s antics. His fun on stage has not diminished and is infectious. By the time the band had arrived at “Troubled Times”, Matt Flinner’s banjo skills could not be ignored. He is a talent and with this line-up, the band sounded the best they have in years. Other highlights include the rare gem “Rodeo Geek” and a romping version of “River’s Rising”. Giving bassist Greg Garrison a window to prove he is a great fit in this ever changing ensemble. Before my clouded head knew it, Leftover was jamming “Iko Iko” with the closing credits rolling. 

Luckily, this package is chopped full of bonus material. Included is a multitrack studio mixed MP3 audio download from the two night performance, interviews and impressive video footage from “The Emmitt Nershi Band” and “Great American Taxi”. Also, there are intriguing interviews and a slide show of the band through their historic career. If you were ever a fan of Leftover Salmon, or just love funk-fuelled bluegrass, this is a must own for your music collection.

The DVD is available now HERE for 24.99