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Published: 2012/05/03

New Leftover Salmon Track Premieres on

On May 22, Leftover Salmon will release their first album of new material in eight years, Aquatic Hitchhiker, through their own LoS Records. Aquatic Hitchhiker features the band’s current lineup: Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin), Drew Emmitt (vocals, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, mandola, fiddle), Andy Thorn (vocals acoustic and electric banjo, National guitar), Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass, acoustic guitar) and Jose Martinez (drums, percussion, and cardboard box). is now premiering “Liza,” the third song on the new album. The stream can be heard right here.

As Vince Herman told Relix, “We’re feeling really good at this point. The addition of Andy Thorn on banjo has really revived the whole thing and he’s got a feel, for lack of a better phrase, just like Mark Vann. It’s got us fired up to be playing not only the old tunes in the repertoire but also some new ones that we’re excited about. We’re psyched to get out there and see some old friends and try and pull in some youngsters whose lives we can ruin by turning them onto bluegrass music.”

Meanwhile, on Drew Emmitt explained, “We really wanted this to be a different project. A lot of times when you get into the studio, it’s easy to get too focused, too into the project, and lose the side of just having fun and playing music together. I think our overall goal was to have fun, and just let it flow. And, at the same time, really craft some songs, but do it in a fun way. There have been times when we’ve been in the studio with this band, and it has not been as much fun as it should have been. I think after all these years, after the other projects we’ve been doing, we had the experience and the wherewithal to go in and have a good time with it and make a good record. And I think that is how we approached it.”

The group will celebrate Aquatic Hitchhiker, with a free concert on Sunday, May 13th in Denver’s Art District on the 700th Block of Santa Fe Drive from 1pm -6pm. The group also has created Salmonlandia, a five part documentary on the recording of the new album.

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