In 2011, a Friday night set during NedFest by jamband-scene noblemen Bill Kreutzmann, George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock and Kyle Hollingsworth came close to drawing a capacity crowd. The one other time NedFest neared capacity was when the Yonder Mountain String Band headlined more than a decade ago, according to Kris McFarland, who books the festival. But the festival has yet to sell out. A capacity crowd at NedFest, the annual music festival that takes place in …
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By Lisa Crandall
I’m not a professional writer. I just love great music.
I’ve always been a fan of Jaden Carlson. From the very first time I saw her perform. I think it was at a benefit up in Nederland, for an injured resident. Later, Jaden teamed up with Garrett Sayers on Bass and Scott Messersmith from The Motet on percussion, a Carlson group that played great shows. Now with her latest band, Jaden has released Polychromatic, the next in a already great series of CD’s.
It was exciting for me to hear the new lineup and songs.
On the first track, the first bars, indicate that this music has come from the study of a deep soul. The haunting sounds of the first track just shift your entire mind… and you’re ready to receive.
The new band members must be appreciated. I had the opportunity to see the Jaden Carlson Band perform up at Nedfest. They were awesome! I love the way Jaden seems to really flow with the band. Like they know when she wants to stretch-out and jam, they can read her signals on stage, and they seem genuinely joyful about being together and about the music itself. I love the fun faces Jaden and the keyboardist, Eric Luba, were exchanging. Will Trask is an exciting drummer whose complex and unpredictable rhythms keep you guessing.
Mud Flip is a very fun song. I got to see her band perform it live at Nedfest and it got the crowd dancing. Jaden’s toying melody and Will’s chasing rhythm with answers from Eric on organ just pulled everyone in and made our bodies move. It’s a great live song for dancing!
And the transition from Mud Flip into No Use Hanging Around is very smooth and enjoyable. That will definitely work live, too.
No Use has riffs that remind me of Joe Satriani or Carlos Santana. That is definitely an achievement for a young musician. Understanding the power of a repeated melody, but not overstating it, takes finesse and melodic comprehension. Jaden has these qualities. I especially enjoyed the addition of the fiddle at the prelude.
This is good solid song writing on the album. The songs are complete, thought-out, haunting and even surprising from the deep blues hue of some of the lyrics. Some lyrics so powerful they brought tears to my eyes. Especially the song Nothing Left. In it her lyrics speak of slugging through pain that comes from living more years than Jaden has even experienced yet…and so I can only wonder what the motivation for this song was.
The excellent song transitions are even more evidence that this was a well-honed, deeply thought-out Polychromatic from start to finish.
Jaden keeps amazing me with her music. And Jaden’s voice is maturing and improving, too. It’s interesting to get to listen to her evolving as a musician. And of course on her guitar, she is truly mastering the funky-groove element along with packing a punch in her blues playing. When you get to experience great music, it just lifts what you have out off your shoulders and helps you shake it loose. And that’s what this CD did for me. I truly enjoy it and recommend Polychromatic. Rock on, Jaden!
Enjoy this version of Born to Fly from the Jaden Carlson Band’s visit to the Second Story Garage Studio.
One of Colorado’s best mountain music festivals, NedFest, is set to start next Friday in Nederland. Now in it’s 16th year NedFest always offers a family friendly time with sometimes magical combinations of musicians you will not find outside of a music music festival or once upon a time in Vince Herman’s living room. Past years lineups have read like the who’s who of the Colorado music scene. This year is no exception featuring musicians like Bill Nershi, Keith Moseley and Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, Tyler Grant with Grant Farm, Leftover Salmon’s Drew Emmitt and Jeff Austin with his new band featuring Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin.
Nestled in the mountains and next to the Barker Meadow reservoir, the festival grounds offer scenic views and mountain fresh air. The festival grounds are wrapped by art and food vendors and this year libations will be served up by Boulder Beer, Redstone Meadery, Left Hand Brewing Company and Very Nice Brewing Company.
New this year, a NedFest regular tweener, Jaden Carlson will be featured on the main stage. The new Jaden Carlson Band recently headlined the Fox Theatre and put on a very impressive show. She is a NedFest crowd favorite.
Headlining this year’s festival is Jeff Austin with his new band, Robert Randolph and the Family band and a super group comprised of the New Orleans Suspects joined by Little Feat’s Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett.
From a recent press release: “Who are the New Orleans Suspects, you say? Let’s start with Mean Willie Green on the drums, drummer for the Neville Bros. since 1981, not to mention playing on albums by Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Then add Reggie Scanlan, bassist for The Radiators for all 33 years of their existence, plus he was a member of Professor Longhair’s band. On sax there’s James Brown’s band leader (for the last 12 years of his life) Jeff Watkins, who after Brown passed away led Joss Stone’s band for 6 years. Next we’ve got the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s Jake Eckert on guitar and vocals and C.R. Gruver of the Meters Experience on keys.”
Check out this years schedule of fun.
Friday, August 22nd:
Doors 5:30 pm
6:00-7:30 pm Billy Nershi’s Blue Planet featuring Bill Nershi and Keith Moseley of the String Cheese Incident, Eric Deutsch on keys, and E Town’s Christian Teele on drums
8:00-10:00 pm Jeff Austin Band featuring Jeff Austin, Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin
10:30 pm- 1:00 am at the Black Forest Restaurant
Late Night with Grant Farm
(FREE WITH WRISTBAND OR $5 COVER)
Saturday, August 23rd
Doors 11:30 am
12-1:30 Nederland Acid Jazz
2:00-3:30 Jaden Carlson Band
6:00-7:30 Kyle Hollingsworth Band (of the String Cheese Incident)
8:00- 10:00 Robert Randolph and the Family Band
10:30 pm -1:00 am at the Black Forest Restaurant
Late Night with Galaxy Agent
(FREE WITH WRISTBAND OR $5 COVER)
Sunday, August 24th
Doors 11:30 am
12:00 Special Kid’s Show for Sunday Opener!
1:00-1:45 Colorado Bluegrass Music Society’s Young Pickers with Annie Savage
4:00-5:30 Drew Emmitt Band (of Leftover Salmon)
6:00-7:00 Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett: The Guitartists of Little Feat acoustic set
7:00-8:00 The New Orleans Suspects
8:00-9:00 Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett: The Guitartists of Little Feat with the New Orleans Suspects
So as you can see this year’s festival has an incredible line up, next to the reservoir, high in the mountains and is loaded with fun. And don’t forget, buying a ticket or paying to camp is helping the non-profit, 100% of proceeds go to local kids’ music education programs. For tickets please visit www.nedfest.org.
Check out the photos from NedFest 2013:
By Alan Crandall, Previously published at the DailyCamera.com
After last year’s successful release of their first album in eight years, Aquatic Hitchhiker, Leftover Salmon has been enjoying continued touring success. Formed in Boulder in 1989, the slamgrass pioneers have firmly established themselves on the festival and jam-grass circuit and show no indication of slowing down. In fact, they teamed up with Breckenridge Brewery last summer to release four new songs.
The Camera recently caught up by phone with Drew Emmitt, who was in Crested Butte. The Leftover Salmon co-founder, vocalist and fiddle, mandolin and guitar player talked about the band’s new drummer, its music and annual Thanksgiving shows this weekend at the Boulder Theater.
RMJ: I first saw your new drummer, Alwyn Robinson, performing with Leftover Salmon earlier this summer in Asheville, N.C. How has he adjusted now that he has taken over Jose Martinez’s full-time drumming duties?
Really great … he has a grip on the Salmon repertoire, which is extensive, so that is definitely a great thing.
RMJ: The four new songs are “Get up and Go,” “High Country,” “Thornpipe” and “Two Highways.” Did you write “Two Highways,” and if so, did the inspiration come from your busy touring schedule?
I did. Being on the road and being home are two different worlds, and that’s an idea that’s been in my head for a long time — and trying to put that into a song, those two different realities. It just came to me one night. I was up late and I just couldn’t sleep and I was sitting by the fire and I got the idea and jotted it down.
RMJ: “High Country” is an Andy Thorn creation?
That’s all Andy. He came up with that on a hike. And he’s an adventure freak. He gets out and he lives life. Since he’s moved to Colorado it’s just been one adventure after another for him.
RMJ: For the upcoming Boulder Theater shows, Little Feat’s Bill Payne is on the bill. Has Payne played with Salmon in the past?
We first met Bill when we did some shows with Little Feat some years ago. And then when we made our last LS record, before our break; we got Bill to produce it. It was great working with him on that record. He played on one of the songs, “Whispering Waters,” and did a fantastic job. Then we brought him out for Telluride Bluegrass two years ago, and it was really great to have him for that.
RMJ: What’s it like to come back and play for your hometown fans?
For one thing, playing the Boulder Theater is a really wonderful time; it’s a great venue and it’s always great coming home. And Vince (Herman, a Salmon co-founder/vocals/guitar/washboard) doesn’t live (in Colorado) anymore; he lives in Oregon. I think it’s a big homecoming for him, as well. And it’s such a festive time, you know, right after Thanksgiving, starting off the Christmas holiday, and the winter season.
RMJ: We have previously discussed the birth of Leftover Salmon, about 24 years ago, teaming your band, The Lefthand String Band, with Vince Herman’s Salmon Heads band. How did Vince come up with the name of Salmon Heads?
We were actually living in the same house in Gold Hill, and Vince was the seafood manager for King Soopers. Not making a lot of money at the time, he would bring home salmon heads because, after they cut the head off, there was still some meat attached to them. And he would bring the salmon heads home and chop the meat off, and there you go. He would get these free salmon heads. … Well, one day, he and his friends… took a bunch of these salmon heads out in the yard and put them on sticks and took pictures of them. And then when they started this new band, they needed a name. And so, that was the inspiration, that experience.
RMJ: I see that Leftover Salmon will return Strings & Sol String festival in Tulum, Mexico. How fun is it to play a string summit like that?
Well it’s just totally different to do a gig like that, in a different country. You are playing basically on the beach which is pretty cool. And, you know the other bands involved are definitely a lot of our good buddies and there’s a lot of inter-mingling that happens. It’s a great break from the norm for sure.
RMJ: Who’s idea was it to book shows in Hawaii in January, that seems brilliant?
Well it’s actually something I’ve been pushing our management to do for about the last three years. It finally happened, I’ve been riding our manager’s back a bit for this one. (laughs) I was in Hawaii last year with my family and I just thought if we could somehow turn this into a gig then we could have a paid vacation so it’s something we’re trying to establish and do every year.
RMJ: lets talk about your equipment you always have an arsenal of instruments can you run down for us what you are currently playing and if you like one guitar for rock tunes and another for bluegrassy songs?
On the past tour I had my Gibson 335, my Gibson SG and my Strat. And I kind-of ended up going to the Gibson’s more. Alot of times I play a Les Paul issue gold-top which is kind-of my main guitar. I do tend to lean toward the Gibsons a little more; they have a little more oomph, for what I do. But you know I still do appreciate the Fender thing. But Gibson’s become sort-of my mainstay. The SG is kind-of a new one for me. I got that back in the Spring. And it’s a re-issue of a 60 SG. yeah I definitely am very into the Gibson sound. I have a San Juan F5 Mandolin and a Nugget F5 Mandolin, and those are my two mainstays.
If you go
What: Leftover Salmon’s Thanksgiving concerts; Bill Payne of Little Feat opens both shows
When: 9 p.m. today and Saturday
Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
Info: bouldertheater.comConscious Alliance Food Drive
Leftover Salmon is teaming up with Conscious Alliance for an ‘Art that Feeds’ Food Drive. All patrons who donate 20 non-perishable food items will receive a FREE event poster created by the very talented artist, Nathaniel Deas. For more information, click here
The 15th Annual NedFest starts today in Nederland, Colorado. Often called the most family fun festival in Colorado, the event has evolved into an event in support of music education for mountain children. The Colorado Daily’s Ashley Dean wrote a nice article to preview this year’s event. Another nice write up by the Mountain Ear can be found here.
Watch the Daily Camera home page and this blog for some short video interviews and views from the festival or better yet… head up the mountain for a really good time. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, for more information and this year’s lineup, click here. Check out this video by Daily Camera photo journalist Jeremy Papasso.