On May 22, beloved Colorado “slam-grass” band Leftover Salmon will spawnAquatic Hitchhikers,their first studio album in eight years. We asked founding member Vince Herman about songwriting, his ecological concerns, the new album and more. Also, check out the live video of the album track “Walking Shoes”.
Who are your songwriting heroes?
My songwriting heroes are varied. Jackson Browne’s writing really works for me, and his output has remained consistently high for a lot of years. Seattle songwriter Jim Page is a great living Woody Guthrie, writing hard hitting social commentary, that never comes of as a history lecture. Todd Snider has a great new record that is one the best pieces of work I’ve ever heard. The songs all reference each other, and the whole human situation is summarized by the end of the record. Then of course there’s the Texas guys, who’ve always set the writing bar real high. But my real hero is Bob Gabig in my hometown of Carnegie, Pennsylvania. He writes hysterical anthems that have inspired me for years.