Drew Emmitt, the dynamic lead singer and mandolin player with the popular jamband Leftover Salmon, is a musical renaissance man. If it has strings, Emmitt can probably play it. He performs and records on mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and acoustic and electric guitars; as well as harmonica and flute. Emmitt's signature, however, is his energetic, original approach to mandolin, a style that reflects his pantheon of musical heroes: Lowell George, Steve Morse, Duane Allman, John Cowan, Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, Hot Rize and New Grass Revival. Picking up where New Grass Revival left off, Emmitt takes the contemporary approach to bluegrass tradition one step further, making the music feel effortless even as he adds new dimensions.
This July 17, Compass Records releases Emmitt's follow-up to Freedom Ride, Across The Bridge. With his sophomore solo release, the jamband leader proves equally impressive as a straight-ahead bluegrass man and songwriter.
After seven years of relentless touring throughout the United States, Europe and the U.K., the Hackensaw Boys are being recognized as one of the most exciting groups on the diverse Americana music scene. The group's second release for Nettwerk Records, Look Out , represents the recorded culmination of the Hackensaw's unique vision: A celebratory but defiant sound culled from old-time mountains, backstage doorways and punishing drives through the evolving American landscape.
Nine of the album's 12 songs were written from within the group and sometimes Modest Mouse/sometimes Hackensaw Tom Peloso contributed two tracks. A pounding rendition of the traditional “Gospel Plow” rounds out the package.