Old Salt Union
Despite coming from varied musical backgrounds, Old Salt Union’s collective melting pot of styles and musical vocabularies inform their fresh approach to modern string band music. The high-energy quintet includes Ryan Murphey (banjo), Justin Wallace (lead vocals and mandolin), John Brighton (violin), Jesse Farrar (lead vocals and bassist) and newest member Graham Curry (guitar). Old Salt Union recently enlisted GRAMMY®- winning banjoist and Compass co-founder Alison Brown to produce their self-titled Compass Record debut. Their second album, Where The Dogs Don’t Bite, builds on this non-traditional string band’s varied musical backgrounds for a wildly entertaining, eclectic batch of songs. The band from Belleville, Illinois, was able to carve a unique niche for themselves in the industry and are proving themselves as a force to be reckoned with.