Salty's Autobiographical Bio
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t mind.”
— Dr. Seuss
Salty Rose is a guitar player. A bass player. A singer & a songwriter. And the blogger, vlogger, photographer, storyteller, and motorcycle rider for Two Kinds Of Light. Original music and a few other things. Based in Ventura, California.
"Salty Rose, here". I've made a lifelong musical career out of being a dive-bar bassist and guitar-slinger. I got my first guitar at the age of eight. Mom and Dad bought me a nylon string acoustic guitar and got me some lessons. At sixteen I had saved, begged, and borrowed enough money to make an instrument purchase on my own- a Vox Cougar bass. I got it for fifty bucks. It was the cheapest guitar at JB-Wilson Music, in Woodland Hills, CA. By the age of eighteen I was honing my chops in garages, at parties, and sometimes in smoke filled bars at night around Los Angeles. The bands I had the opportunity to work with play original music, classic rock, top-40, alt-country, punk rock, and the blues. My exploits on the guitar, punctuate a life spent carving out a living, as a builder and a citizen-soldier. I've survived the job-sites, the dive-bars, the battlefield, the heartbreaks, and cancer. But it hasn't all been just about survival. Along the way I've also motorcycled on Mulholland Highway, surfed from Malibu to Rincon, and experienced profound joy and love in my life. I write songs about all this stuff now. And I rock the dives every chance I get (well, I did right up until the pandemic hit).
My musical career as a sideman, is as important to me, as my original music is. It's been a mainstay of my career. Ever the showman, supporting local artists like: D.on Darox & the Melody Joy Bakers, Jodi Farrell & The Front Street Prophets, Skarecrow & The Graverobbers, Crying 4 Kafka, and The Pretty Ugly's. One of my favorite sayings is, "I just want to play my guitar".
In addition to being an artist and dive-bar guitarist, like most guitar players, I'm a little bit of a gear geek. Part of what that entails, is I've bought and sold a lot of guitars over the years. I enjoy learning about and debating the merits of different instruments. I find my own opinions don't always line up with the conventional wisdom. But I stand by my likes and dislikes in guitar-geek-dom, as they have been formed in the cauldron that is the dive-bar guitar life. On my YouTube channel, in my Gear Gallery, and on my stories page I feature my humble (or maybe not so humble?) opinions about music gear.
To sum it up I like to think of my original music project Two Kinds Of Light as being- "Tinged by love. Singed by war. Informed by years of playing the dives".
Echo's of the past ain't far behind.
Salty Rose. 2021
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New Album Update
Rocktober 2020 Recording Update
Salty Rose is very pleased to announce that drummer Geoff Kida rocked two new tracks recorded at Castaway 7 Studio in Ventura, Ca. Geoff is as rock solid as they come, as a person, and as a drummer. His drumming has a unique voice, and a real human feel. He brings a dimension to the sound that's worth his weight in gold.
Production on the new songs is by Castaway 7's JP Hesser. JP cites Neil Young's Harvest-era's production technique's as one of his inspirations. I don't know how he does it, but it's evident he can deliver that sound. In addition to this audio aesthetic he brings a wealth of creative energy that he has been kind and generous enough to share with us. Looking forward to sharing it with you.
Salty feels obliged to acknowledge a little help from my friends:
Salty's Two Kinds of Light, released the albums 'I Can Shine' in 2019, and 'The Tape Recordings' in 2020. We've also released a series of singles. The album, Volume 3, 'The Big Sky' is on deck for 2021. The Big Sky is a compilation of said previously released singles, remastered, and also includes two new songs. More new songs are in the works for another 2021 release. Special thanks goes to Recording Engineer/Drummer Terry Watkin for his work on the 2019 album 'I Can Shine'. Especially for lending his engineering expertise, and his ears. Two Kinds Of Light would not have taken the form it has, without him. Special thanks also goes to Geoff Kida and JP Hesser for their amazing contributions to the evolution of the project in Volume 3. I also want to profusely thank- Tony Marinelli, Tom Kelly, Greg Martin, Tex Burbank & Yolanda Bluegrass (aka Glenn Sherba & Coleen Kennedy), Kevin Navis, and Lacey Watkin, for their contributions to these recordings.