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Each new record marks two years in the career of the musicians behind Rock Salt and Nails.
“This is our fourth CD, and we have been doing one about every two years, as we believe it marks our growth as musicians,” said Priscilla Roggenkamp, who plays upright bass in the band. “It is nice to bookmark where the band is at any given time.”
Playing in the band with Roggenkamp are Keith McMahon on lead guitar and mandolin, and Jim Dutter on rhythm guitar.
“We met at a folk jam 10 years ago and enjoy playing together so much, we decided to continue,” Roggenkamp said.
The group’s latest CD was released Saturday night with a performance and release party at Jupiter Studios in downtown Alliance.
Sharing lead vocals, each of the group’s members headlines songs, adds harmony and provides backup.
The band began working on “Time Stands Still” in May with engineer David Mayfield of Sweetside Recordings in Canton, a renowned musician known for his acoustic work. Local photographer Patty Rickard took the photo on the CD cover, and Alliance’s Carter Copy Center oversaw the graphic design.
McMahon said the band’s growth is seen in its records.
“The whole series of CDs has felt a progression,” he said. “We are better musicians than we were a decade ago. We cover songs that we like, but we also make them our own as well as writing original music. I think this showcases our songwriting very well.”
Dutter describes the band’s influences as the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Dylan.
″(Dylan) influenced us greatly, because we were children of the ’60s,” Dutter said. “We like all kinds of music. We do a little blues and a lot of folk. The new term is Americana, and we don’t get pigeonholed with our style, but we stay true to our acoustic roots.”
Roggenkamp, who teaches art at Ashland University, said the band decided to release its latest CD close to home.
“Instead of holding the CD release in Cleveland or Columbus, where we had been playing, we chose to hold our party at Jupiter to give the fans and locals the opportunity to celebrate with us,” she said.
McMahon and Dutter are retired, McMahon from University of Mount Union and Dutter from McDonald’s, where he was an executive.
In addition to purchasing the CD during the release party, the band is selling copies for $10 through www.rsn-band.com and its Facebook page. Digital downloads are available through the website for $5.
What a night at (Not) Sheep Gallery! I got to make music in front of my artwork. The weather was perfect for a January gallery hop in Short North, Columbus. So was the venue. Thanks, Caren, Jim and Keith for a wonderful evening.
Wow! It's December already. We are looking forward to our fourth CD release soon. Next year looks to be even better as we've been writing more songs and discovering new venues to play our music.
We want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Keith, Priscilla and Jim
Thanks to all who made to Jupiter Studios Saturday. We introduced several new numbers we've written. One was a tribute to our friend Travis and Lyndsey who are nearing the end of their hike on the Appalachian Trail. You can catch the video on our you tube channel:
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas
Keith, Priscilla and Jim
RSN played at the Stow Heritage Harvest Festival Sunday and had a blast. What a cool event to be part of. We met some of the nicest folks from Stow and enjoyed the beautiful sunny day playing our tunes. Thanks again to our friend Lindsay Thomas for referring us.
Wow, another busy September. We played farmers markets in Alliance and Canton, Mount Union Artfest and folk night at Jupiter Studios. We still have one more to go thanks to our friend Lindsay Thomas from Morning Star band. Lindsay booked us for the Store Heritage Society Harvest Festival 9/30 because he's have major surgery. Thanks Lindsey and our prayers are with you and your family.
Here is an article published in the Bridge Newsletter featuring our own Priscilla Roggenkamp:
July 27th 2018 Jupiter Studios Alliance, Ohio was a fun night for us as we performed for an enthusiastic crowd at Jupiter Studios. The highlight was getting to see Ginny and Phil who were visiting and planned their trip around our performance date.
July 14, 2018 was a beautiful Ohio morning. RSN played for the Canton Farmers Market. By 11am it was getting pretty warm but had to make the trek north to the annual folk music festival at Hale Farm where we enjoyed playing with lots of talented musicians. When the day was done we were all hot, tired and sore fingered! What fun it was. Looking forward to our bi-monthly appearance at Alliance's Jupiter Studios. Hope to see you there.
July 7, 2018 was a very busy weekend for RSN. Friday 7/6 we played at Sonnets for Wadsworth's First Friday.We made lots of new fans playing to an enthusiastic crowd
Saturday 7/7 we at the Louisville Farmers Market. Arts n Stark sponsored the event and put us on the coolest retractable stage we've ever seen. Thanks to all who came out on this absolutely beautiful day.
Since we last talked we have had our second recording session, played at the Sandy Springs Brewery in beautiful downtown Minerva and played for a Veterans ward dinner at the Alliance Senior Center. It's been a busy year so far and we have 4 scheduled gigs in July. We will be at Sonnets in downtown Wadsworth for their First Friday celebration on the 6th. We will be on stage at the Louisville Farmers Market the next morning sponsored by Arts n Stark. On the 14th we will be at the Canton Farmers Market and the 27th will bring us back to our home away from home Jupiter Studios for our bi-monthly performance.
May 26,2018- Great fun last night at Jupiter Studios for their traditional folk night. It was a pleasure to share the stage with Goslee Reed and Kerry Kean. It made the night very special with their set of original and cover songs.
We will be at Rodman Library Alliance,Ohio for an afternoon free concert. Then June 4th we are back in studio with David Mayfield to record more songs for CD #4
May 9,2018 RSN began the process for CD#4. We hope to have a 12 song CD by summers end. We chose engineer David Mayfield to produce this CD. David is well known nationally as a performer. He specializes in acoustic sound. The first night we got four tracks down for him to mix and master. We can't wait for the projects completion.
Look for us at Jupiter Studios Friday May 25. Keith will unfortunately miss this one as he and the family will be traveling. We have invited Kerry Kean from Kent. Kerry is a terrific guitar and fiddle player. Hope to see you there.
Great time at the Sandy Springs Brewery in Minerva last night, Saturday 4/28 . Really nice crowd and great hospitality. We will be back in June! Next up Canton's First Friday at the Art Museum for the Ceramic Guild's Empty Bowl benefit.
Friday April 6,2018. Great fun last night at Sonnets in Wadsworth for their FIRST Friday! I 'm not sure why but every time we play their it seems to snow. Even in April! Thanks to Mike for going home to get his fiddle and playing along some. Also for playing during our break. Thanks to Sonnets for the great hospitality.
Rock Salt and Nails will be playing the 10x3 at Jillys in Akron Wednesday March 21st. Our time slot is 10:00. Ten artists, three songs each. We heard some wonderful musicians last time we went.
We'll be playing at Jupiter Studios on Friday March 23 at 7:30 or there abouts.
We're trying out some new tunes and dusting off some older ones. Cover $5. Excellent drink and food!
April 6th. First Friday in Wadsworth at Sonnets. 7-9
April 13th. The Art Spot Gallery in Minerva 5-9.
April 21st. The Domestic Violence Fund Raiser in Alliance
April 28. Sandy Spring Brewery in Minerva. 5-8
May 4th. Canton Museum of Art, Ceramics Exhibition and Sale.
Thanks for your support. Hope to see you Friday at Jupiter!
We played at the 10x3 this past Wednesday 2/7 at Jilly's in Akron. What a cool event. Brent Kirby, a really cool singer songwriter from Cleveland, hosted this event. There were some really talented performers there. It was great to be a part of it. We hope to do it again.
January 27, 2018 Thanks to all who came out to catch our performance at Jupiter Studios last night. We sure appreciate all of you! We had a blast and met some new folks in the crowd which continues to grow!
See you down the pike!
Keith, Priscilla and Jim
As we approach 2018 RSN will begin its 10th year. Wow!!! time goes by fast. Plans for 2018 include expanding our music catalog with more new RSN songs as well as learning more cover tunes to keep us fresh. Happy New Year to all our friends.
January 2018 we will be playing at the Louisville Eagles Friday the 19th from 7-10pm and Jupiter Studios Friday the 26th for folk night.
We will be at Minerva's Art Spot Friday December 8th from 5-9pm. This is always a nice place to visit and browse the wonderful art that is on display, enjoy some refreshments and of course great music.
On December 2nd we once again played to the Louisville YMCA Snowflake Auction. What a great crowd who showed up for a great cause.
See you down the road.
RSN played our annual Thanksgiving show on Black Friday at Jupiter Studios. What a nice crowd. Special thanks to the Swope's and Roggenkamp's who were here from coast to coast. It was also great to see John Reed back in the audience. Thanks again to all that came out.
Keith, Priscilla and Jim