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For any band to thrive on the road for nearly thirty years, there needs to be a constant source of renewal, a fresh spring of creativity at the center of the music that brings each member back for more. ForLeftover Salmon, one of the great purveyors of Americana, this source came first from the American roots music traditions they came up with: bluegrass picking, Cajun two-stepping, the country blues. For all these yearsover the course of their rise to become one of the biggest bands on the roots music circuit today, with legions of fans and routinely sold-out showsLeftover Salmonhave picked up many more influences. Much of this comes from the interactions between the founding members roots and the newer band members, who bring refreshingly different influences and ideas to the songwriting process.To createSomething Higher,Leftover Salmonreturned to long-time producerSteve Berlin(Los Lobos) with a new mission: to record at the famedWavelab Studioin Tucson, Arizona, and to go all analog. The warmth of analog, coupled with Berlins uncommonly attuned ear for the dynamics of larger bands, brought a more focused sound to the group and challenged them as well. says bassistGreg Garrisonabout Berlin, Over 10 days in Tucson, Leftover Salmon laid out the new music, each songwriter bringing a songwriting kernel and letting the rest of the band work out new improvisations to craft the final song. The key to Leftover Salmons music, now more than ever, is the way they marry technical precision with easy groove. Its a trick that old jazz players used to pull, a dance between virtuosity and the illusion of ease. In crafting the new music, founding membersVince HermanandDrew Emmittprovide a foundational focus and guiding spirit, while banjo playerAndy Thornkeeps the band close to their original roots in backstage picking parties. The rhythm sectionbassist Garrison, keyboardistErik Deutsch, and drummerAlwyn Robinson was a key focus point for Berlin, who drew out members backgrounds in jazz and hip-hop to zero in on the heart ofLeftoverSalmon: the groove.For the past quarter-century,Leftover Salmonhas established itself as key to the Americana genre, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock n roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. They are the direct descendants of bands like Little Feat, New Grass Revival, Grateful Dead and The Band, born of the heart and soul of America itself, playing music that reflects the sounds emanating from the Appalachian hills, the streets of New Orleans, the clubs of Chicago, the plains of Texas, and the mountains of Colorado. Theyve endured over all these years, earning their unequivocal stature as a truly legendary band.