Our Story

About us

Rock Salt & Nails is an acoustic/Americana/roots band from Northeast Ohio that has been together since 2008. With covers of songs by artists such as Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Utah Phillips and the Carter family, we draw on a wide variety of influences.  Our songwriting blends our love of storytelling and truth telling, with a range of acoustic instrumentation. Professor Jim on the clarinet adds some bluesy tones to our mix. 

RSN has played on stages all over Ohio from festivals to wineries, listening rooms, galleries, universities, and has opened for touring bands. In 2020 and 2021 we performed virtually in Scotland’s Fringe (Online Space UK) festival.

Our latest CD, Up on the Blocks, can be found on many platforms such as Spotify.  Priscilla, Keith and the two Jims will be sure to make you tap your toes, share a laugh with us and perhaps tug at your heartstrings a bit.

What they said…:

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

Richie Kindler 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 RealGrey 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."

Lindsey Rudibaugh, PH.D. & Travis Harding co-founders of Tenderfoot Learning Lab https://tenderfootlearninglab.org: “Rock Salt & Nails was a pure pleasure for our house concert. The band is talented, warm, and delightfully interactive. They're easy to work with and very adaptable. We still have guests and friends who want to know when they're coming back. Booking them will bring joy into your life”