Hailing from the east side of the Saint Louis metro area, Belleville, Illinois based Old Salt Union uses their ability to merge concepts from outside of the genre into a foundation of traditional instrumentation to sit at the forefront of the new generation of bluegrass music.
When you dare to combine genres of music, you dare to combine more than simply sound and style. An audacious blend of music can bring together diverse cultures, and in the realm of American society there are few backgrounds more disparate than that of small-town bluegrass and the deep urban flavor of hip-hop. On Thursday night, the 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center made easy work of the task, lead by the prototypical alchemist of the genres, Gangstagrass.
The 8th annual Grove Fest took over the Grove neighborhood in central St. Louis on Saturday, bringing an eclectic mix of entertainment that drew folks of all stripes.
Old Salt Union hail from Belleville, Ill., a little town just across the river from St. Louis and the home of gone-but-not-forgotten Uncle Tupelo. However, these boys have more in common with Sam Bush and newgrass than Messrs. Tweedy and Farrar.
The members of the young, local band Old Salt Union were kind enough to sit down with me before their show with Acoustics Anonymous on February 14 at the Old Rock House to talk about their friendship, their new CD and their desire to open for the Deftones.