A roots group with a straightforward and unassuming style, a sound that is stripped down to it’s core, and songs that come straight from within, Salt of the Earth hails from St. Louis, Missouri. This is the 20th anniversary of Salt of the Earth’s run, one that has been marked with incredible joy and fun, with an ever-widening circle of friends and family.
The members are:
Lynne Reif on vocals and rhythm guitar
Mike Schrand on bass and vocals
Jake Brookman on cello
Jim Hieger on lead acoustic guitars and banjo
Both Lynne and Mike have history playing and singing in the St. Louis-based Roots-Rock band Belle Starr. Jake is a classically trained cellist who has played in groups ranging from symphony orchestras to punk bands and Jim is a self-taught, all natural lead player with performance roots in the “jam band” circle.
Salt of the Earth features original songwriting, which aims to chew on life in a heartfelt way, and spans the genres of pop, folk and blues. The group puts down rhythmic instrumental accompaniment complemented by rich melody and harmony lines. They have released 6 albums of their original tunes, and continue to draw new audiences around St. Louis and throughout the Midwest region. SOTE has made regular appearances at the Sheldon Concert Hall, farmer’s markets, wineries, eateries, coffee houses, and festivals. Their unique chemistry and authentic vibe reaches out to the listener and draws them in. The energy created between the audience and musicians is electric, becoming the foundation for a genuinely organic, acoustic sound.
Sit back and listen to the music. That’s all there is!