Founded in East Toronto in 2012, The Old Salts have grown from the melodic and lyrical guitar duo of James da Mota and Devin Staple to a high-powered 6-piece roots-rock outfit. Da Mota’s whiskey-and-cigarettes baritone and Staple’s sweeping, singing lead guitar is enhanced by crunchy harmonica, frenetic mandolin and a rhythm section right out of Big Pink.
With a devoted following, known affectionately as the Bourbonite Regrets Society of Toronto, they’ve gone on to mount three tours of Eastern Canada, regularly light up audiences at CMW and NXNE and share stages with The Strumbellas, The Wooden Sky, Murder By Death, Ladies of the Canyon, Larry and His Flask, and Devin Cuddy among others.
With Syndey Galbraith in the producer’s seat, The Old Salts spent most of 2016 writing and recording a brand new batch of songs and experimenting with new sounds and textures. The first results of these sessions, showcasing both a roots/Canadiana songwriting lineage as well as an adventurous approach to structure and texture, will come to light in mid-2017 as the band prepares for the release of the follow-up to their hard-hitting 2014 album.