Our Story


About us

Rock Salt & Nails is an acoustic American Roots band from Northeastern Ohio. For the past twelve years they have been performing at wineries, clubs, and stages throughout the region.  Some highlights over the years have been opening for Gansta Grass in Columbus, playing the “Online@theSpaceUK” Festival”, and playing concerts in venues such as the Rialto in Akron and festival stages around the area.

RSN is currently working on their fifth CD. Our CDs feature our songwriting as well as a selection of covers ranging Bob Dylan to Rayna Gellert.   We are driven to tell stories that reflect our current concerns as well as ones that tell us who we are and reflect on who we were.


RSN band members

Priscilla Roggenkamp plays the upright bass and writes or co-writes many of our original songs. Priscilla is also a visual artist and has exhibited her works throughout the country. RSN has been known to show up and play at her art openings.  Growing up in a musical family, singing and making music was part of her everyday life.  Priscilla currently teaches art at Ashland University.


Keith McMahon plays lead guitar and mandolin and writes songs that share his personal history. Keith is also a visual artist who shares a studio with Priscilla.  Keith’s life on a farm includes organic gardening, bees, animal care and blacksmithing. Keith takes folk songs and makes them his own as he delivers them in a clear and passionate voice. His catalog of songs includes songs by Kate Wolfe, Utah Phillips.


Jim Dutter plays the rhythm guitar and also writes or co-writes many of the band’s songs. When Jim delivers a song, he takes the audience into the story with him.  Jim covers songs by Johnny Cash, Tom Waites, Guy Clark and other singer songwriters who tell stories in song. Jim is a retired business executive and spends much of his time helping others as a consultant or volunteer.


Jim Perone plays many musical instruments for RSN starting with his chosen instrument the clarinet. He also plays the dobro, cajon, banjo and occasional recorder or penny whistle. Jim’s interest in history and his personal stories drive the lyrics of the songs he writes. Jim is retired from the music department at The University of Mount Union.


What they said…:

Rick Gattuso owner of Gattuso’s music. “You guys are really good. There’s no one out there like you.”

Richie Kinder owner of Jupiter Studios. ““Rock, Salt and Nails are a terrific band! This band plays music that spans two generations of the most seminal works of Traditional Folk. Excellent communicators, the group always engages the audience, and has a large loyal following to boot. Book this band! You won't regret it! ”

Brent Baker owner Twigg Winery. "We always enjoy having Rock Salt and Nails perform for our clientele. They have an authentic presence and are true professional musicians. The RSN Band exemplifies what Americana/Folk music should be."

Charles Pamment, Director of online@theSpaceUK

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say I've just had the absolute pleasure in watching/listening to Rock, Salt, and Nails - Best Laid plans. It's fabulous, thank you for sending it over. My wife and I just relaxed, listened and escaped from the current mayhem! Just a perfect tonic, quality work. Please pass my thanks to the guys in the band and I do hope we can bring the show to Edinburgh.”

Ron Flack owner Real Grey Studios Canton, Ohio

Can't help but smile when I see These guys... Music that makes you smile, think and tap your foot all at the same time.