Old Salt Union was formed in 2011 by long-time friends Dustin Eiskant (guitar/ lead vocal), Ryan Murphey (banjo), and Justin Wallace (mandolin/ piano). In May of 2012, Old Salt Union became complete with the addition of John Brighton (violin/ mandolin) and Jesse Farrar (bass). Each member of Old Salt Union fills multiple roles in the band by playing various instruments and contributing vocal harmonies. Amongst the five men in Old Salt Union, from ages 23-30, there is over 70 years of musical training and experience. This diversity allows for flexibility in composition and in live performances. The end result is a well-rounded high-energy sound, with obvious bluegrass roots.
John Brighton-Belleville, Il(age 27) began studying violin at the age of three. He has played violin and viola with many St. Louis and Metro East ensembles, including the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and national acts such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He also played violin in the band Escape for several years. John is currently attending SIUE for a degree in violin performance.
Jesse Farrar-Belleville, Il(age 23) began playing the bass at age 3.Soon to follow were the guitar and piano. He attended EIU for music performance. He has composed 2 full albums of solo music and now slaps away at the upright bass.
Ryan Murphey-Belleville, Il(age 30) began playing guitar at the age of seventeen. At twenty-eight he began playing harmonica and at twenty-nine started picking the banjo. He is primarily a self-taught musician who has played in other bands such as Autopilot and SunkenGardenJokers.
Dustin Eiskant-Belleville, Il(age 29) began playing guitar at age seventeen. He is self-taught who has played in other bands such as Autopilot and SunkenGardenJokers.
Justin Wallace-Belleville, Il(age 27) began playing drums at the age of nine. He then started playing guitar the age of 10. He has been writing and composing music since the age of 13. He played drums in the band Escape for 7 years and at the age of twenty one began playing piano and the mandolin