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Album: Long Road
Released: Jun 10, 2008

General Info

  • Genre: Bluegrass / Jam Band / Rock

    Location CRESTED BUTTE, US

    Profile Views: 167716

    Last Login: 1/3/2011

    Member Since 11/7/2006


    Record Label Compass Records

    Type of Label Indie

  • Bio

    Drew Emmitt: “Lord you know I’ve been so many places/At least I know I have a longer view”, sings Leftover Salmon lead singer and mandolin player Drew Emmitt over a rollicking mandolin lick on the title track of his third solo effort, Long Road. “I’ve been on the road since the 80’s – can you believe that? That’s 25 years, a quarter of a century…Long Road is all about where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, where I’ve ended up and I invited all of my friends I met along the way to help me tell the story.” Revered as one of the most energetic and innovative mandolin players on the jamband/newgrass scene today, Emmitt’s “inestimable talents” (An Honest Tune) don’t end with just the instruments that can be picked. Holding the wheel steady on acoustic and electric slide mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar and mandola, Long Road also showcases Emmitt’s superlative storytelling and versatile vocal abilities. With seven originals, including co-writes with John Cowan (“Long Road”) and Jim Lauderdale (“I’m Alive”), Emmitt saavily chose a few best-of-life-on-the-road songs, such as Supertramps’ “Take the Long Way Home”, Marshall-Tucker Band’s “Take the Highway”, and Van Morrison’s “Gypsy in my Soul”. Co-produced by Emitt and Compass Records co-founder Garry West, “my heaven band”, is how Emmitt describes the special guest musicians on Long Road: Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident (dobro), Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters (banjo), Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Tim O’Brien (harmony vocals), Alison Brown (banjo), Darrell Scott (vocals), Eric Thorin (bass), Jeff Sipe of The Aquarium Rescue Unit (drums), John Cowan (vocals), Reese Wynans (Hammond B3), Steven Sandifer (percussion) and Tyler Grant (guitar). Hallelujah. Following a decade of success with Leftover Salmon, Emmitt released his first solo effort, Freedom Ride, in 2002 drawing on the talent of peers John Cowan, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan and Randy Scruggs. Critics and fans loved the collaboration and Emmitt relished the chance to record with some of the giants with whom he’d shared festival stages. “It's amazing,” he said, “it's like walking in a dream….Standing on stage next to Sam (Bush) is pretty indescribable.” In 2005 he followed up with Across The Bridge, an equally impressive effort showcasing Emmitt’s bluegrass chops and songwriting talents as a straight-ahead bluegrass man. After touring as the Emmitt-Nershi band with Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident for the past year and making several reunion appearances with Leftover Salmon, Long Road finds Emmitt rejuvenated and once again taking the contemporary, live gig, fresh everytime approach to bluegrass music. Drew Emmitt will be on tour throughout the summer and fall of 2008, including appearances with Leftover Salmon at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the 10,000 Lakes Festival and with the Emmitt-Nershi band at the High Sierra Music Festival, the Rothbury Festival and Jam Cruise 7. Drew Emmitt is proud to play D’Addario Strings CONTACT: Booking: Blue Mountain Artists phone: 704-525-1559 Management: Christine Stauder/Red Light Management - phone: 646-292-7400 Radio/Label/Publicity: Compass Records phone: 615-320-7672
  • Members

    Drew Emmitt - Vocals, Mandolin, Guitar / Tyler Grant - Guitar / Eric Thorin - Bass / Andy Thorn - Banjo / Chris Misner - Drums
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More Drew Emmitt info:

Drew Emmitt is proud to play D’Addario Strings

Blue Mountain Artists
phone: 704-525-1559

Christine Stauder/Red Light Management -
phone: 646-292-7400

Compass Records
phone: 615-320-7672


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Check out Years in Your Ears the new Leftover Salmon documentary – available now! ..

The history of Boulder's newgrass and jamgrass scene gets profiled nicely in "Years In Your Ears ... A Leftover Salmon Story," a new documentary from Nederland filmmaker Eric Abramson. Through the recollections of former Salmon crew members and band members — and musicians such as Sam Bush, John Cowan and members of Hot Rize, String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band — the film makes a case for Salmon's place as the bridge between traditional bluegrass and today's jammy strain.


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