Rock Salt and Nails formed in 2008 when Keith, Priscilla and Jim joined forces to create music with a rich acoustic sound and solid vocals. Pulling inspiration from various directions, an eclectic group of influences can be heard in RSN original tunes and in the songs we cover. Sharing the lead, each of the group's members headlines songs, adds a harmony, provides back up or takes the instrumental break. An evening of RSN music is one of variety, team work and fun.
Keith McMahon on lead guitar and mandolin brings a deep catalogue of folk songs from the likes of Utah Phillips, Greg Brown, John Hiat tand Norman Blake. But each cover is his own, with vocal honesty that tells the tale.
Priscilla Roggenkamp on the upright bass has written or co-written many songs in the band's catalog. She lends easy vocal harmonies and a thumping bass that anchors the band’s sound. She covers songs by artists such as Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt and Ryan Adams.
Jim Dutter on rhythm guitar rounds out the trio with his love of bluegrass and singer song writers such as Johnny Cash, Steve Earle or Tom Waits. Jim has written and co-written many of the groups songs. And he delivers them solidly and sweetly with his deep 'Cash' voice.
RSN's music is a blend of our well crafted sound, sweetened with the right songs from ballads to the blues and seasoned with laughter and friendship. A combination that keeps folks coming back for more.
RSN will be releasing their fouth CD “Time Stands Still” in Akron at the Rialto Theatre July 26th, 2019.
Jim Perone will be sitting in with his terrific clarinet riffs and breaks. Jim adds a unique sound to our music and we love it when he’s able to play with us.
Goslee Reed & Kean
Sarah Goslee Reed is an accomplished singer/songwriter and violinist with many years of performing and seven CDs of original music to her credit. Sarah has a particular focus on writing songs for children and she performs for them regularly, including a residency every year at a special needs summer camp. Her music has been arranged for choirs and performed at Disneyworld. Originally from Cleveland, where her father was principal bassoonist with the Cleveland Orchestra for many years, Sarah lives in Mt. Vernon, Ohio and performs throughout the Ohio Valley.
Kerry Kean is a well-known area guitarist, fiddler, singer/songwriter and piano tuner, and makes his home in Kent, Ohio. Besides recording several albums of instrumental and vocal music, Kerry has played solo and as a leader and sideman with bands of all kinds for many years. His original music covers a wide spectrum ranging from guitar instrumentals to quirky ballads and humorous story songs. He has shared a stage with performers as varied as Tom Paxton, Nanci Griffith, Karen E. Reynolds, John Fahey and many others.
Sarah and Kerry were aware of and admired each other's music for years, and they finally met and performed together at Folknet's 2012 Rootstock concert. The decision to make it a regular thing followed and the duo have been delighting audiences throughout central and northeast Ohio with their original songs, as well as classic folk and fiddle tunes.
Along with their individual recordings, Goslee Reed & Kean have recently released a live performance CD with eleven of their original songs along with a traditional fiddle tune.