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Salt Martians

"Dark Hollow"

"Long Black Veil"

"Nine Pound Hammer"


Genre: Bluegrass

Sound description: All acoustic bluegrass music.

RIYL: Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Flatt & Scruggs, The Byrds

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The Salt Martians are a Santa Barbara-based, all-acoustic bluegrass band, established in 2005. Ken Gaston (lead vocals and guitar) and Tim Mullins (banjo, dobro and harmony vocals) first performed together in the mid-Seventies at the legendary Bluebird Cafe. Mark Olson (mandolin and harmony vocals) of North Fork, CA and formerly of the Live Oak String Band, adds his (relatively) youthful spark to the band. The newest member, Phil Pritchard (string bass and harmony vocals) has over forty years in bluegrass with the Floyd County Boys, giving the Martians almost four thousand Earth years of combined playing experience

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2005, Santa Barbara, CA


From Bill Monroe to the Byrds.

Current status

We're in our fifth year of playing every Thursday evening Happy Hour from 5 - 7 PM at Tupelo Junction Cafe.

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