On Wednesday, Leftover Salmon frontman Vince Herman announced the release of his first solo record, Enjoy The Ride, which will release on Nov. 18. The album was produced by respected country producer David Ferguson, who has worked with the likes of Johnny Cash, Sturgill Simpson, John Prine and more.
The inspiration for the record came during the height of the 2020 pandemic when Herman drove across the country in his RV. “I got an RV and just decided to have my own bubble and drive across the country,” Herman said of the experience. His journeys led him to Nashville, Tenn., where he teamed up with Donnie and Chris Davisson of the Davisson Brothers Band and publisher Erv Woolsey. With the help of Davisson and Woolsey, writing sessions were arranged that yielded “a big pile of songs,” according to Herman.
With the record written, the majority of the tracks were recorded over three marathon sessions in December of 2021 in Nashville. Herman’s band on the record includes guitarist Pat McLaughlin, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, bassist Davie Roe, drummer Pete Abbott, keyboardist Mike Rojas, guitarist and pedal steel player Russ Pahl, fiddlers Jason Carter and Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, and even Herman’s son Silas Herman, on the mandolin.
Herman shared a great deal of enthusiasm for the record. “Enjoy The Ride represents what country music is to me,” he stated. “Rooted in tradition but wide open and ready for a good ride.”
Herman will be hitting the road in support of the album, joined by a band consisting of some of Nashville’s finest musicians. Listen to the first single off the forthcoming record “Lost Lover’s Eyes” here or below and check out the Vince Herman Band’s touring schedule here.