Episode 72: Greg Garrison - bassist for Leftover Salmon
Air date: 3.27.2013
Building a career in music can be an inexact process. The influence of luck cannot be overstated. But luck, as they say, favors the prepared, and being prepared means hard work. Leftover Salmon bassist Greg Garrison's luck in the music business certainly can be attributed to diligent hard work, but also to the fact that he is supremely talented. After graduating from college, Garrison left his home state of Illinois and settled in the beautiful and musically rich territory of Colorado where he worked his way through a series of bands while getting a master's, and eventually a PhD in bass. Paying his dues led him to a regular gig with pseudo-bluegrass jam band legends, Leftover Salmon, and hundreds of shows and several albums ensued. As if that accomplishment wasn't enough, Garrison was also a founding member of mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile's post-Nickel Creek ensemble, Punch Brothers. Garrison is equally at home playing upright or electric bass and he easily and deftly bridges the gap between jazz and improvised roots music.