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Emmitt flows through Belly Up set

Joel Stonington
Drew Emmitt, center, and bandmates play Monday at the Belly Up. (Joel Stonington/The Aspen Times)

Drew Emmitt, mandolin player and lead singer for Leftover Salmon, is out on his own these days, riling up crowds who know enough to show up.

So Monday night was hot at the Belly Up. The crowd was slim, but those who came were ready to dance, or happy to have a chair close to the action.

Billed as a mandolin player, Emmitt busted out a mean fiddle and a kicking Les Paul in addition to what is inarguably some of the fastest picking around.

The band consisted of a bass player, drummer, guitarist and Emmitt. Of course, Emmitt cycled through various instruments depending on the moment. And that included an electric mandolin that he played with a slide.For the most part, it was hard-driving, good dance songs without any rules for staying in a style. Sometimes it was rock ‘n’ roll. Sometimes the band cruised through an old-timey style bluegrass song, slow and long. Then the next song would start out as country, morph into reggae and end up back in the bluegrass realm.

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