Vince Herman

Vince Herman


Lead man for Leftover Salmon combines warm vocals, a festive spirit and witty humor with folksy, rootsy Americana pickin'


In the tiny mountain town of Nederland, Colorado, where the air is clean and city noise is nonexistent, you will find an environment in stark contrast with life on the road as a musician. Vince Herman, who spent 15 years as founder/front man for Leftover Salmon, has been counteracting countless long nights on tour by taking advantage of the peace and serenity of life in the Rockies.

In the 90's, Vince Herman changed the face of music by combining the talents of banjoist Mark Vann, mandolinist/guitarist Drew Emmitt, bassist Tye North and drummer Michael Wooten to form the polyethnic Cajun 'slamgrass' band that impressively juggled over 150 shows a year. Leftover Salmon traveled the country performing as one of the most-wanted festival acts, ultimately impacting the history of bluegrass culture and its many fans. Leftover Salmon participated in nearly every major North American festival over the past 15 years. They performed at High Sierra Music Festival eight times, Telluride Bluegrass Festival eight times, All Good festival three times, as well as a long list of others such as Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Austin City Limits Festival, Jazz Aspen, Beale Street Music Festival and the H.O.R.D.E tour. Throughout their extensive career, special guests such as Tim O'Brien, Jim Page, Paul Barrare, Bill Payne, Bela Fleck, Waylon Jennings, Taj Mahal, Lucinda Williams, John Bell, Todd Park Mohr, John Cowan and Earl Scruggs have joined in on the Leftover fun.

Today, the hiatus of Leftover Salmon inspired Vince Herman to revisit the road with a fresh and energized rootsy, folksy, bluesy Americana pickin style. Vince consistently delivers a unique and powerful performance full of festive spirit, positive energy, witty humor, warm vocals, and rich lyrics. He has since showcased his solo creation at The Independent in San Francisco, the Night Grass in Telluride, String Summit, Hookahville, the All-Good Music Festival and the Opera House in Telluride (to name a few). Additionally, in March of 2005, Vince joined Rob Wasserman, Jim Page and Theresa Anderson for the Spirit of Guthrie Tour playing 13 dates in support of the recently discovered notebooks of the extremely influential Woody Guthrie. During winter of 2005-2006, the Vince Herman Trio included fiddle-legend Randy Crouch (Flying Horse, Red Dirt Rangers) and banjo/bass player extraordinaire Cliff Starbuck (Ekoostik Hookah).

When Vince Herman isn't on tour with a solo project, he can usually be found performing with his band Great American Taxi, contemplating politics and chopping wood.


"Leftover Salmon" LoS
“O Cracker Where Art Thou?" LoS
"Live" LoS
"Nashville Sessions" LoS
"Euphoria" LoS
"Ask the Fish" LoS
“Bridges to Bert" LoS