Legendary Leftover Salmon Releases New Book: Thirty Years Of Festivals.

 News  Comments Off on Legendary Leftover Salmon Releases New Book: Thirty Years Of Festivals.
Nov 222018

A few years ago I began covering the new directions of Bluegrass influenced bands (some call it Jamgrass) I just call it good music. To dispute the the roads that Leftover Salmon has paved for today’s lineups would be absurd.

I cover 200 festivals yearly, and this band is indeed part of MANY of those lineups all over the country. This book chronicles the journey of  a merge with two bands in 1989 called the Salmon Heads and members of the Left Hand String Band played a one night stand.

Although the lineup has changed many many times the “Big Three” have remained until Mr. mark Vann passed away in 2002. However through the years Mr. Drew Emmitt and Mr. Vince Herman have been up front for these thirty years.

From 2004-2007 the band remained off duty and reunited to play the High Sierra Music Festival in California ( we cover that one). 2008 and 2009 marked a FEW performances, but in 2012 they released a landmark comeback album called Aquatic Hitchhiker.

Despite their on and off past, they certainly deserve many accolades and praise for their influence and assistance in ushering in the growth of the Jamgrass movement.

Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival!
New Book By Author Tim Newby Due Out February 2019 on Rowman & Littlefield

“History is made by those who write it, not the musicians who can’t remember it, Tim Newby knows our history and now it’s up to him to teach us what happened!” –Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)

“Tim Newby has somehow managed to capture the unique combination of personalities that is Leftover Salmon; a feat that I would have thought fairly impossible. As unique as their music, Tim weaves his story through the sensibilities of the individual players which creates a wonderful kaleidoscope resulting in the definitive biography of a band that is still constantly changing and growing into their 4th decade.”
–Steve Berlin (Los Lobos)
DENVER, CO — Few bands stick around for thirty years. Even fewer bands leave a legacy during that time that marks them as a truly special, once-in-lifetime type band. And no band has done all that and had as much fun as Leftover Salmon. Since their earliest days as a forward thinking, progressive bluegrass band who had the guts to add drums to the mix and who was unafraid to stir in any number of highly combustible styles into their ever evolving sound, to their role as a pioneer of the modern jamband scene, to their current status as elder-statesmen of the scene who cast a huge influential shadow over every festival they play, Leftover Salmon has been a crucial link in keeping alive the traditional music of the past while at the same time pushing that sound forward with their own weirdly, unique style.

As Leftover Salmon nears their 30th year, their inspiring story is set to be told in a brand new book, Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival! that will be released February 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield. In this book, critically acclaimed author of Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound & It’s Legacy, Tim Newby presents an intimate portrait of Leftover Salmon through the personal recollections of its band members, family, friends, former band-mates, managers, and the countless musicians they have influenced. Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival! is a thorough guide covering a thirty-year journey of a truly remarkable band. It is a tale of friendships and losses, musical discoveries and Wild West adventures, and the brethren they surround themselves with who fortify Salmon’s unique voice. Their story is one of tragedy and rebirth, of unimaginable highs and crushing lows, of friendships, of music, but most importantly it is the story of a special band and those that have lived through it all to create, inspire, and have everlasting fun.

Leftover Salmon. Photo by Bob Carmichael

Leftover Salmon. Photo by Bob Carmichael
Heading into their fourth decade Leftover Salmon is showing no signs of slowing down as they are coming off the release of their most recent album, Something Higher (released in 2018), which has been universally hailed as one of the band’s finest releases. Something Higher shows how even upon preparing to enter their fourth decade Leftover Salmon is proving it possible to recreate themselves without changing who they are. The band now features a line-up that has been together longer than any other in Salmon history and is one of the strongest the legendary band has ever assembled. Built around the core of founding members Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman, the band is now powered by banjo-wiz Andy Thorn, and driven by the steady rhythm section of bassist Greg Garrison, drummer Alwyn Robinson, and keyboardist Erik Deutsch.

The new line-up is continuing the long, storied history of Salmon which found them first emerging from the progressive bluegrass world and coming of age as one the original jam bands, before rising to become architects of what has become known as Jamgrass and helping to create a landscape where bands schooled in the traditional rules of bluegrass can break free of those bonds through nontraditional instrumentation and an innate ability to push songs in new psychedelic directions live.
Salmon is a band who, over their thirty-year career, has never stood still; they are constantly changing, evolving, and inspiring. If someone wanted to understand what Americana music is they could do no better than to go to a Leftover Salmon show, where they effortlessly glide from a bluegrass number born on the front porch, to the down-and-dirty Cajun swamps with a stop on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, to the hallowed halls of the Ryman in Nashville, before firing one up in the mountains of Colorado.

Leftover Salmon On Tour:

Thanksgiving Run- featuring pre/post shows and a Day of Giving at Moe’s BBQ Englewood
11/23 Fri – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO w/ Gasoline Lollipops
11/24 Sat – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO w/ Tenth Mountain Division

12/7-11 Fri-Tues – Strings & Sol – Puerto Morelos, Mexico

New Years Run
12/28 Fri – Crystal Bay Club Casino – Crystal Bay, NV
12/29 Sat – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co – Chico, CA
12/30 Sun – Terrapin Crossroads – San Rafael, CA
12/31 Mon – Terrapin Crossroads – San Rafael, CA

1/15-20 Tue-Mon – Jam Cruise – Miami, FL
1/31 Thu – Soreng Theatre – Eugene, OR*
2/1 Fri – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR*
2/2 Sat – The Triple Door – Seattle, WA (2 shows)*
2/14 Thu – Wheeler Opera House – Aspen, CO*
2/15 Fri – Vilar Performing Arts Center – Beaver Creek, CO*
2/16 Sat – Washington’s – Fort Collins, CO*
2/21 Thu – The Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts – Salina, KS*
2/22 Fri – Sheldon Concert Hall – St. Louis, MO*
2/23 Sat – North Shore Center for the Performing Arts – Skokie, IL*
2/24 Sun – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI*
2/26 Tue – Woodward Theatre – Owensboro, KY*
2/27 Wed – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN*
2/28 Thu – City Winery – Atlanta, GA (2 shows)*
3/1 Fri – The Caverns – Pelham, TN*
3/2 Sat – Dave Finkelman Auditorium – Middletown, OH*
3/14-16 Thur-Sat – Alyeska Resort – Girdwood, AK
3/22-24 Fri-Sun – Boogie at the Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, CO
3/29-31 Fri-Sun – WinterWonderGrass – Tahoe, CA
4/13-14 Sat-Sun – Bender Jamboree – Las Vegas, NV
4/26 Fri – Stoughton Opera House – Stoughton, WI*
4/27 Sat – Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts – Sheboygan, WI*
4/28 Sun – Sheldon Theatre – Red Wing, MN*

Mr. Mark Chesnutt Isn’t Gone…

 News  Comments Off on Mr. Mark Chesnutt Isn’t Gone…
Nov 222018

Mainstream media outlets just want you to THINK artists who made REAL COUNTRY hits on the charts in the 80’s and early 90’s are GONE. Yeah, I KNOW what you are thinking what about Garth Brooks and Shania? Well, a lot of the wishy washy names are still mentioned by mainstream outlets I suppose.

But HOW ABOUT one of MY FAVORITES Mr. Mark Chesnutt, What’s he up to?Well I’m GLAD YOU ASKED. Let’s take a gander on what his camp is reporting to Gary Hayes Country, shall we?

You can now pre-order the brand new Mark Chesnutt – Christmas EP! The new EP contains 5 songs including: “Light Of The World”, “What Child Is This”, “Pretty Paper”, “New Kid In Town”, & “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy”! Each EP comes with a signed Mark Chesnutt Christmas Card! Great package for Christmas gifts for your friends and family! You can purchase by clicking the link below!


This is the latest release from him which includes eleven of the songs that have greatly influenced him in his youth. As we all know Mr. Mark has upheld the tradition of Country Music for many years, and has faced severe backlash from mainstream radio and media because of this.
Much like people like LeeAnn Womack, and a few others he has been pushed out of ‘Country” like the George Strait song says. Trust me folks THIS MAN is still rolling on strong and gracing the stage with his many number one hits.

Track Listing:
1. Lost in the Feeling
2. You Can’t Do Me This Way
3. Rollin’ With The Flow
4. Walk Through This World With Me
5. Apartment #9
6. Dreaming My Dreams With You
7. Heart Over Mind (Live)
8. Sunday Morning Coming Down
9. Would These Arms Be In Your Way
10. Lost Highway
11. Swinging Doors (Live)
Image of The Early Days "CD & Book"

This package includes the autographed album and autographed book! Trust me folks THIS BOOK is TERRIFIC, and brings a special perspective on his early life as he paid his dues in southeast Texas.

He dropped out of school at 17 and his father began to take him to Nashville to record songs. He played in the house band for a local bar in Beaumont called Cutters. As he slowly gathered a loyal fan base the rest was history…and BOOKS are important pieces of something THIS website cherishes….history.

Track Listing:
1. Welcome Fool
2. The Price Of Getting High
3. Heartache County
4. Since I Drank My Way To Houston
5. Rodeo Cowboys
6. Country Girl
7. Running Out Of Ways To Say I Love You
8. Let’s Make A Memory One More Time
9. Full Blooded Texan
10. Heaven On My Mind

Bonus Tracks

11. Girls Like Her, Men Like Me
12. Moanin The Blues
13. Ol’ Country “Original Version”
14. Too Cold At Home “Original Version”

2019 Festival Series: High Water Festival.

 News  Comments Off on 2019 Festival Series: High Water Festival.
Nov 222018

Old Settler’s Music Festival
The John Hartford Music Festival
High Water festival
Mardi Gras Texas Style
Winter Wonder Grass Series
Moonrunners Music Festival
The Nashville Boogie
Master Musician’s Festival

Once again we have ALL the good information of the ever popular High Water Festival in South Carolina, that sells out every year. We work VERY HARD to collaborate with 200 festivals nationwide every year, and this one is nothing short of wonderful.

Check out the Newest Additions to the VIP Experience

High Water is back and better than ever! Learn more about this year’s improvements below.

VIP Viewing Areas: An additional VIP viewing area has been added by the main stage.

Food Options: Exclusive food options will be available for VIP ticket holders.

BlanketsTo enhance the experience for all fans, VIP viewing areas and the area in front of the soundboard will be standing (or dancing!) only in 2019. Patrons are still invited to bring blankets, however they will only be allowed for use in the areas behind each stage’s soundboard. Signage will be present to help locate blanket-friendly areas.

Explore our Experience Add-ons

From oyster shucking to five-star dining, High Water has it all! Explore our experience add-ons to enhance your High Water weekend. Click HERE to learn more about Low Tide Social, Oyster Education Classes, and Pass the Peas.

Once you add a weekend pass to your cart, you will have the option to add Low Tide Social tickets and Oyster Education Classes. Pass the Peas tickets will be available for purchase at a later date.

** Keep in mind in order to enjoy these experiences, you must have either a GA or VIP weekend pass. 


HERE is a complete list of hotels associated with this event, now folks a portion of your hotel fees go to their charities.


Public On-sale Begins Thursday at 10 AM EST

Join us for 2 glorious days on the Riverfront! 

The dates are set and the 2019 lineup is out! The only thing standing between you and High Water 2019 are tickets. Let’s take care of that! High Water’s public on-sale begins TOMORROW, November 15 at 10AM EST. Grab GAand VIP weekend passes to secure your spot on the Riverfront! Low Tide Social tickets and Oyster Education Classes will also be on sale.Before on-sale begins, here are some tips to ensure your purchase process runs smoothly. Also, click the calendar buttons below to set a reminder for when on-sale begins. Time is of the essence!

  • Where do I buy tickets? Visit High Water’s ticket page here to purchase tickets. Additionally, a ticket link will be sent Thursday morning.
  • What is High Water’s ticketing system? High Water has a new ticketing system this year – Front Gate Tickets. Before purchasing, you will need to create an account. Get a head start and create your account here. At the top of the page, click “Sign In”, then “Sign Up” or login through your Facebook account.
  • What ticket options are available during on-sale? GA and VIP weekend passes will be available for purchase. Low Tide Social tickets and Oyster Education Classes will also be available for purchase as an add-on once you add a weekend pass to your cart. Learn more about tickets and amenities in the buttons below.
  • What is the purchase process? Once you add GA or VIP passes to your cart, you will have the option to add Low Tide Social and Oyster Education Class tickets. Front Gate gives you 10 minutes to complete your purchase. To prevent yourself from running out of time, look at the ticket options and create an account ahead of time.
  • I have a question about my order, what should I do? If you have a general question about your order before or after purchase, contact Front Gate Tickets here or call 888-512-7469.
  • Other questions? If you have a question about High Water, take a look at our FAQs here or email us at info@highwaterfest.com.
  • What a smooth purchase process! Where can I share my praise? In addition to sharing your experience on social media, there is a customer survey on your confirmation page. We would love to hear your feedback, so we may improve the process for the future.




Create Your Personalized High Water Lineup Playlist

Plus, listen to our official Spotify playlist! 

Time to explore the lineup! Listen to the High Water artists you know and love plus discover new favorites with your personalized High Water playlist – all it takes is one click! Connect your Spotify account below and we’ll get a sense of your musical tastes to create a playlist just for you!

Plus, create and save your playlist by November 30th and be entered to win a $50 High Water merch voucher.

Not feeling a personalized playlist? No worries! Listen to High Water’s official Spotify playlist here.

Connect to Spotify


Explore High Water’s Home – North Charleston

Where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in N. Charleston

It’s time to start planning your High Water weekend! Here are a few resources to make the planning part easy, starting with where to stay in N. Charleston.

Score the fan rate on hotels near Riverfront Park when you book through High Water’s hotel search feature. We consolidate the best hotel rates in the area to provide you an unbeatable price and smooth booking experience.

Find a Hotel

High Water takes place in the heart of the low country – AKA foodie heaven! Whether it’s fresh fish, craft beer, or southern classics, N. Charleston has it all. Explore local favorites and start planning where you’ll eat now!

Food & Drink

When you’re not enjoying the music on the Riverfront, here are a few of N. Charleston’s must-do’s. Make the most of your low country getaway and experience it all!

Things To Do


Get a weekend pass for as low as $56 down! 

Explore High Water’s Payment Plan Options

Secure your spot on the Riverfront today and pay later

If you need a little help getting a High Water ticket, fret not! You can get a weekend pass for as low as $56 down when you select the “layaway payment plan” option during check out. Hope this helps spread out the money a bit this holiday season!

Learn more about our payment plan options here.

Buy Tickets

High Water Weekend Passes Make Great Gifts

Order your High Water merch in time for the holidays

Need a gift for your friends or family? Think outside the box and give them an experience they’ll remember with High Water weekend passes.

Complete your gift with a High Water t-shirt or water bottle. Check out the shipping deadlines below and order your merch items in time for the holidays!

Standard Shipping: Order by 6PM EST on 12/19
2-Day Shipping: Order by 6PM EST on 12/20
Next Day Shipping: Order by 6PM EST on 12/21

Merch Store


High Water’s Daily Schedules Are Here

Plot your day now…

We’re thrilled to roll out our daily schedules for High Water 2019! This way you can start plotting your day for when all your favorite (and soon to be favorite) artists take the stage. Let’s get after it, High Water!

Still need tickets? We’re getting down to the bottom of the ticket pile, but a few remain. Grab yours HERE!

View Schedule

We’re teaming up with N. Charleston’s own, Runaround Sue Vintage Boutique and Holy City Vintage Market to give one lucky winner the ultimate festival prize pack:

– (2) GA weekend passes
– (1) $100 gift card to Runaround Sue Vintage
– (1) Holy City Vintage Market tote bag with a vintage record

Sweepstakes ends at 12 PM EST on December 21st. Enter now!

Enter for a chance to win

Explore High Water’s VIP Weekend Pass

New Exclusive Amenities Added

This year, we have taken some time to really think how we can improve the VIP experience at High Water. With that said, we have come up with a few unmatched ways to make your festival experience even more luxurious. In addition to everything you’ve come to know as VIP amenities, we have added a few more glorious additions.
We can’t wait for y’all to enjoy the new VIP experience. Only a small numberof VIP passes remain, so grab them quickly. They will NOT last…