Jam Improv Rock/ Bluegrass
Drew Emmitt, the dynamic lead singer and mandolin player with the popular jamband Leftover Salmon, is a true renaissance man on musical instruments. Playing mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, flute and electric guitar, he's a string man to be reckoned with. He excels in unique energy driven mandolin licks and his influences include a pantheon of musical heroes including Lowell George, Steve Morse, Duane Allman, John Cowan, Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, Hot Rize and New Grass Revival.
"I started playing when I lived in Nashville, TN where everybody played music. Then we moved to Boulder and there were a lot of really influential musicians floating in and out. I started going out to see bands like Hot Rize and really getting into bluegrass."
In 1984, Drew Emmitt founded the progressive bluegrass ensemble, The Left Hand String Band. Six years later, Vince Herman's serendipitous scramble for musicians to fill in a gig with his band, SalmonHeads, yeilded a glorious amalgam: Leftover Salmon. Jambands.com said "Emmitt's mandolin prowess and songwriting gifts are two particular sources of the group's success." Emmitt is an extremely gifted musician and songwriter and one can't help but being swept away by his incredibly pure voice. On his debut solo release, Freedom Ride, Emmitt reveals once again his amazing picking abilities and songwriting talents. He recruited some of the hottest acoustic musicians around to join him; John Cowan and the John Cowan Band (Jeff Autrey, Luke Bulla, Scott Vestal, Pasi Leppikangas), Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan, Randy Scruggs, Vince Hermann & Greg Garrison from Leftover Salmon and more. The result is the most exciting newgrass album to come down the pike since the original New Grass Revival.
By incorporating soulful vocals, powerful drum lines, and floating keys into their original material; Polytoxic provides the perfect springboard for improvised performances leading into a dance frenzy. With the combination of Tori Pater's raspy, rugged rock and roll voice, CR Gruver's ability to make his keyboard sound like the lead instrument, and Chad "Chadzilla" Johnson's enthralling drumming, Polytoxic demonstrates its versatility and ability to appeal to a wide variety of listeners.
Added by PulpFaction on February 13, 2006