Old Salt Union

A great band is more than the proverbial sum of its parts, and in the pursuit of becoming something that can cut through the clutter of YouTube stars and contest show runner-ups, a great roots music band must become a way of life. Less likely to rely on production or image, they’ve got to connect with their audience only through the craftsmanship of their songs, the energy they channel on the stage and the story that brings them together.

Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It is this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch.

In 2015 they won the FreshGrass Band contest and found the perfect collaborator in Compass Records co-founder and GRAMMY-winning banjoist and composer, Alison Brown, whose attention to detail and high standards pushed the group to develop their influences from beyond a vocabulary to pull from during improvisation and into the foundation of something truly compelling in the roots music landscape.

Violinist John Brighton mentions some names familiar to the Compass roster as key influences, musicians like Darol Anger, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall and Mark O’Connor, all of whom have collaborated with Brown in the past. Primary vocalist and bassist, Jesse Farrar (for the indie rock heads - yes, he’s related – Son Volt front man Jay Farrar is Jesse’s uncle) brings an alternative rock spirit as well as his unique formative experiences as a hip hop producer and bass player for a national tour of The Four Freshmen. The band’s self-titled Compass debut combines these instrumental proclivities with pop melodies and harmonies into a coherent piece of work that carves out a road-less-travelled for the band in the now crowded roots music genre.

Past Shows


Mar
6
th
2020
Mainroom
Mar
6
th
2020
Mainroom

Railroad Earth

with Old Salt Union
Dec
5
th
2018
Turf Club
Dec
5
th
2018
Turf Club

Old Salt Union

with The Common Ground Company
Apr
19
th
2018
7th St Entry
Apr
19
th
2018
7th St Entry

Old Salt Union

with BLACK RIVER REVUE
Oct
21
st
2017
Mainroom
Oct
21
st
2017
Mainroom

Pert Near Sandstone

with The Last Revel, Henhouse Prowlers and Old Salt Union

More Shows

Apr
17
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

MeatEater

Dec
1
st
First Avenue
canceled

King Krule

with Lucy
Oct
10
th
The Theater at Xcel Energy Center

Tame Impala

with Perfume Genius
May
12
th
Turf Club

Damo Suzuki (of Can 1970-1973)

with ie