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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, the art of creating great roots music must become a way of life.

Less likely to rely on production or image, they’ve got to connect with their audience not only through the quality of the songs, but with the energy they channel and the story that brings them together.

Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist and cultivated by classically trained musicians that features a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen.

Inevitably there’s a fresh approach to song-writing and performance that sets them apart and wins a broader appeal than any straight-down-the-middle could ever do.

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 while continuing to do what comes naturally.

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 His uncle) brings an alternative rock spirit to proceedings.

The band that has carved out a big Stateside following much in the same way as acts like Railroad Earth, for impeccable playing and a joie de vivre that can be sensed a mile off.

The good folks at No Depression summed it up perfectly: “Old Salt Union has the groove and the chops of a great string band, balanced with infectious rock and roll energy. Their music occupies that sweet space between Old Crow folk and Yonder Mountain jam - not a bad place to be!”

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