Roots Highway

Drew Emmitt - Long Road
Drew Emmitt – Long Road

Drew Emmitt

Long Road (Compass Records, 2008)

On Long Road, Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon lead singer and mandolin player) shows that is not only one of the finest mandolinist in the bluegrass scene, but also an eclectic musician who is open to all kinds of musical influences. Long Road is a musical fest of some of the best that American roots music has to offer. Naturally, Emmitt shows his masterful technique in traditional and modern bluegrass pieces, but he also shows that he can play some of the finest Southern rock, like on the song “Take the Highway,” which was popularized by the Marshall Tucker Band.

On songs like “Take the Long Way Home” and “Beat of the World” Emmitt treats the listener to reggae beats combined with blues, soul and bluegrass. Meanwhile, on “Get ‘er Rollin'” Emmit ventures into Cajun and country music. “Lord you know I’ve been so many places/At least I know I have a longer view”, sings Emmitt on the title track Long Road. “I’ve been on the road since the 80’s – can you believe that? That’s 25 years, a quarter of a century…Long Road is all about where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, where I’ve ended up and I invited all of my friends I met along the way to help me tell the story.”

Long Road, shows an American roots musician and composer at his prime who provides creative instrumental virtuosity, who also crafts superb songs.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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