Photo by Keith Griner
Last night, Leftover Salmon kicked off their two-night stand at Nashville’s Station Inn. The celebrated ensemble welcomed an impressive lineup of guests for their intimate Music City opener, including bluegrass prodigy Billy Strings, who joined during the latter half of the first set, followed by a second set with sit-ins by Anders Beck, Lindsey Lou and Kyle Tuttle. The evening also celebrated Leftover Salmon’s founding member, Drew Emmit’s birthday.
Tuesday night’s show got underway with a lively cover of “Ridin’ on the L&N,” followed by jamgrass epic and 2015 original, “Gold Hill Line.” Next, the Boulder, Colo. natives performed John Hartford’s seminal 1971 tune, “Steam Powered Aeroplane,” followed by “We’ll Get By,” off 2021’s Brand New Good Old Days.
Then, Strings took the stage for the second half of Leftover Salmon’s initial set of tunes. First, the young artist lent his profound talent on a cover of Ralph Stanley’s “If I Lose,” followed by 2004’s “Down In the Hollow” and 1999’s “Troubled Times,” fittingly from the LP, The Nashville Sessions. Next, they served up another original, 2012’s “Aquatic Hitchhiker,” before digging into a take on Bill Monroe’s “Blue & Lonesome” to finish off the first set.
Set two opened with “Get Me Outta This City,” which appeared on the band’s 2002 album, Leftover Salmon Live. Next, the ensemble played the Jerry Garcia penned “Black Peter” coupled with a take on the Bob Dylan classic, “Simple Twist of Fate,” the tune paid homage to Dylan’s 81st birthday, which occurred yesterday.
Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck then joined Leftover Salmon to deliver a set of songs, beginning with The Nashville Sessions’ “Breakin’ Thru,” which featured a dobro showdown between the band’s guest and their own, Jay Starling. Then, Beck lent his skills to “Carolina Song.” Following the two-song sit-in, Leftover Salmon was left to perform 2018’s “Southern Belle” and the Old & In the Way favorite, “The Hobo Song.”
Next, the band was joined by Lindsay Lou and Kyle Tuttle to cover Jimmy Martin’s “Hold What You Got” and Lucinda Williams’ “Lines Around Your Eyes.” For the final song of the second set, Leftover Salmon performed a take on Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs’ “Dear Old Dixie.”
Tonight, Leftover Salmon will conclude their run at Nashville’s Station Inn. Tickets for the event are only available for purchase at the venue on the day of the show. For more information, visit stationinn.com. Read the initial concert announcement here.
Watch a clip from last night’s show featuring special guest Billy Strings below.
Station Inn– Nashville
May 24, 2022
Set I: Ridin’ on the L&N, Gold Hill Line, Better Way, Steam Powered Aeroplane, We’ll Get By, If I Lose*, Down In the Hollow*, Troubled Times*, Aquatic Hitchhiker*, Blue & Lonesome*
Set II: Get Me Outta This City, Black Peter, Simple Twist of Fate, Breakin’ Thru%, Carolina Song%, Southern Belle, The Hobo Song, Hold What You Got^, Lines Around Your Eyes^, Dear Old Dixie
* with Billy Strings
% with Anders Beck
^ with Lindsay Lou and Kyle Tuttle