Leftover Salmon “Stories from the Living Room Tour” stops by Minglewood

Published on March 4, 2019

Photos by Bryce Robbins

Leftover Salmon recently ventured south for an intimate affair at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. They are touring in support of the new book “Thirty Years Of Festival” by Tim Newbie.

I have witnessed countless Salmon shows over their storied career, but Wednesday’s night dialed back show possessed the charm of a musical book reading. The venue had plenty of seating while leaving a plethora of space for the dedicated dancers. The band, also seated, delivered a performance akin to a personal visit in one’s backyard.

They opened the evening with the classic “Steam Powered”.  Immediately I was taken back how tight the band sounded. Their beautiful acoustic sound filled the hall and flooded the senses.  Andy Thorn has developed into a masterful banjo player while Jeff Sipe behind the kit is a welcomed addition to any band. Vince Herman was the master of ceremonies as usual and his infectious personality led the loving crowd through the attics of their lives.

The sweet music took a rowdy turn as Salmon performed a cover of “Minglewood Blues” for the very first time. The musicianship was masterful with Drew Emmitt proving why he’s a legend. Drew’s heart was heard on every tune with his soulful picking and touching voice.

Over the course of the evening, Salmon played coveted classics such as “Foggy Mountain Fogtown” and “Carolina Song”. They also threw in a few curve-balls like a nasty cover of “Blues in a Bottle”.

This was certainly an atypical Leftover Salmon show with the performance dripping with authenticity.  It was akin to seeing your crazy uncle sober for a family diner.

The final tune was a bittersweet version of “Always a River Running Right” which solidified the feeling that we all indeed were celebrating thirty years of timeless music.  The band never sounded better and clearly are looking ahead to adding another crazy chapter of authentic music that defines a genre.

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