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  • Audio CD (April 9, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000063IT6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first solo album from the dynamic lead singer Leftover Salmon. This is amust have for all Leftover Slamon fans, newgrass and bluegrass fans!


Before Drew Emmitt began playing "polyethnic Cajun slamgrass" with Leftover Salmon in 1990, he was the lead singer and mandolin player for the Colorado-based progressive bluegrass group the Left Hand String Band. On his solo debut, Freedom Ride, Emmitt revisits the bluegrass of his pre-Salmon days and gets a chance to play with some of the musicians that inspired him to take up the mandolin all those years ago. The guest artists include Peter Rowan, Randy Scruggs, legendary fiddler Vassar Clements, and former New Grass Revival members Sam Bush and John Cowan, whose own John Cowan Band supplies the accompaniment. Most of the songs are Emmitt originals, which he salts with a handful of cannily chosen covers like J.J. Cale's "If You're Ever in Oklahoma" and Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue," which Emmitt recasts as a bluegrass breakdown complete with twin fiddle lead breaks and banjo solos. Freedom Ride is not as eclectic as Emmitt's work with Leftover Salmon, but the focus and intensity of the performances more than make up for the lack of extended jams. --Michael Simmons

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig Fisher on January 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In 2002 the outlook for the now-on-hiatus Leftover Salmon seemed uncertain; however its co-founder, the great multi-instrumentalist Drew Emmitt (backed by the John Cowan Band), put out this wonderful album, Freedom Ride, in the wake of Salmon's unknown future. I immediately liked this album, and over time have started to really appreciate the subtleties that lie in its tight arrangements and mostly mid-tempo tunes; of course the title track and cover of J.J. Cale's "If You're Ever in Oklahoma" are total upbeat barnburners! Standout numbers also include "Valley of the Full Moon" and the traditional "Memories of Mother and Dad," on which they nail down a real old-timey sound. And there is a lot more to like on this album, including the familiar "Bend in the River," "Lonesome Road," and "Tangled Up in Blue" (all great), as well as a slew of guest performances from luminaries such as Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan, Randy Scruggs and Vince Herman. After recently catching a stunning live performance by the Drew Emmitt Band (with guitarist Ross Martin, bassist Greg Garrison, and the awesome Matt Flinner on banjo), whether or not Leftover Salmon has run its course, Drew Emmitt shows no sign of slowing down. Hopefully, his new quartet heads into the studio soon to cut some new tracks and potentially show off the jams and frenetic instrumentation that we have all come to love!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hutson on June 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Drew's album comes along at a time when bluegrass is hot again in the aftermath of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". It's got some great original tunes, along with some pretty unusual covers (you'll never hear Dylan's "Tangled up in Blue" the same again). "Bend in the River, an Emmitt original, is a ripping Cajun romp, while "Lonesome Road" (another Emmitt original) is destined to become a new bluegrass classic.
Emmitt's mandolin chops run throughout the album, while guest appearance by some of the greatest names in contemporary bluegrass fill out the playing and the vocals. Buy it - you'll love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OH Packerfan on November 4, 2009
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What an outstanding disk! What a lineup! John Cowan (along with then-members of his outstanding band, including Luke Bulla on fiddle, Jeff Autrey on guitar, & the outstanding Scott Vestal on banjo), with appearances from Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Stuart Duncan, Peter Rowan & fellow ex-Salmon Greg Garrison. The album gets off to an outstanding start with the title track, which is driven by Vestal's punchy banjo. He tosses off riffs like Bela Fleck did in the good ole days of Newgrass Revival; with Drew & John Cowan sounding very much like Sam & John did, the tune sounds like it could have been ripped from any NGR album. Bend in the River is a wonderful Cajun uptempo number, the one piece that sounds like it could have been on a LoS album. There are a number of midtempo & slower numbers that are tastefully done and feature Drew's vocals (eg, Solid Ground, One Step at a Time, Valley of the Moon). Paving Eisenhower is a wonderful bluegrass instrumental. If You're ever in Oklahoma & Tangled up are particular highlights. Memories of Mother & Dad is a very old timey bluegrass song, featuring Peter Rowan & Drew singing Carter family style, along with fiddle by Vassar Clements.

The net result is a more bluegrass-y feel than LoS, on balance, with the focus on the songs, as opposed to flashy playing (though these are among the top pickers around).

If you are a fan of Drew or Leftover Salmon, you already have this disk (sorry to be so late in coming to it myself). If, like me, you are a fan of Newgrass Revival, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, et al but somehow missed out on this one, don't wait any longer, just go out & buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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By R. Krieger on October 2, 2013
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This founding member of the Bluegrass based jam band Leftover Salmon, as well as The Left Hand String Band and The Emmitt-Nershi Band, has recorded three solo albums. Of those, this is my favorite. It's a bit more "Grassy" from start to finish than Leftover's albums are, but it's that part of their sound that I love the most. Some of the best tracks on Freedom Ride are "Lonesome Road", "Rainmaker" and JJ Cale's "If You're Ever In Oklahoma". The song "Bend In The River" has a Cajun Flavor and "Paving Eisenhower" is a revved-up Bluegrass Instrumental. Purists beware: This Bluegrass has drums and while that is a break with tradition, it sounds fantastic. I highly recommend this as a starting point to the world of modern Bluegrass bands and the burgeoning Jam-Band scene.
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