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Published: 2011/09/27

David Bromberg, Mookie Siegel, Noam Pikelny, Cornmeal and Others Join Leftover Salmon

Leftover Salmon kicked off their first East Coast tour in eight years last Tuesday. Each night of the seminal jamgrass band’s run was broadcast on Ustream and each show also featured some special guests. The band’s run opened at Towson, MD’s Recher Theatre where longtime Dead family keyboardist Mookie Siegel sat in on squeezebox for an extended portion of the band’s show, including David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair.”

The next night Leftover Salmon appeared at Alexandria, VA’s The Birchmere with Elephant Revival opening the show. Noted bluegrass musician John Flowers emerged to sing with the group on “Ask The Fish” while Elephant Revival’s Bonnie Payne and Bridget Law appeared for a stretch of songs near the end of Salmon’s set, including “Stairway To Gilligan’s Iron Man,” “Get ‘Er Rollin,‘” “Up On The Hill Boogie” and “White Freightliner.”

Leftover Salmon performed with one of their heroes on September 22, when guitarist David Bromberg emerged for a slew of songs at Wilmington, DE’s World Cafe Live at The Queen. Bromberg played on a mix of his own material and assorted other songs: “Baby Please Come Home,” “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “Muddy Water Home,” “Get No Better,” “Sharon,” “Junco Partner,” “The L & N Line,” “Demon In Disguise,” “Boo Boo,” “Railroad Highway,” “Bend In The River,” “Dear Old Dixie,” “Jugband Song” and “Whispering Waters.” He also returned for the band’s lone encore, “Steam Powered Aeroplane.” In addition, fiddler Allie Kral, who opened the show with Cornmeal, sat in on “Goin’ Round The World” and “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”

Then on Friday night Leftover Salmon and Cornmeal appeared at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl. At the end of their first set, former Salmon member—and current Punch Brother— Noam Pikelny rejoined the band on banjo in his hometown for “Shenandoah Breakdown” and “Aint Gonna Work.” Later in the night, dobro player Todd Livingston emerged for “Way Down The Old Plank Road,” “Hot Corn, Cold Corn,” “The Other Side” and “Just Keep Walkin.” He remained onstage as Kral and Payne took the stage for “Get Er’ Rollin.” Cornmeal’s Wavy Dave Burlingame and Kris Nowak then joined the cast for “Let It Bleed,” “Pasta On The Mountain,” “Roadkill,” “I Know My Mother,” “I Know You Rider” and “Wake & Bake.”

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