2006. Leftover Salmon. “Years In Your Ears”.

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2006. Left­over Salmon. “Years In Your Ears”.

I was inter­viewed for this doc­u­men­tary about my friends in Left­over Salmon and the var­i­ous shows I played with them dur­ing the 1990’s…usually between Hot Tuna tours. We often trav­elled on the old yel­low school bus; most­ly before Mark Vann passed away.
Unfor­tu­nate­ly the direc­tor couldn’t find any footage of me play­ing a live show with them…so I just talked about my impres­sions of play­ing with them, and they includ­ed some back­stage shots they found. Some footage of me play­ing accor­dion with Salmon at Wavy Gravy’s “Pig­nic” did even­tu­al­ly show up on YouTube…but too late to be includ­ed in the film. Left­over Salmon were pret­ty much the first to come up with the brand of “Slam­grass” that took off with bands like “String Cheese Inci­dent” etc.
Salmon’s lead singer and good friend of mine Vince Her­man was the ulti­mate front man for this style of “any­thing goes” blue­grass music…he nev­er wore shoes onstage I remem­ber. They were all amaz­ing play­ers as well. Won­der­ful band. Vince now has his own band “Great Amer­i­can Taxi”…I’ve sat in with them a few times…and Vince and I toured Hawaii togeth­er with the “David Nel­son Band”. — with Vince Her­man, Left­over Salmon and Drew Emmitt.

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