Rowland Salley

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Rowland Salley on The Chris Isaak Show

Born:

11/2/1949, Rockford, Illinois

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  • Salley got his start in music after a high school track coach threatened to kick him off the team if he didn't get a hair cut. Rather than heading to a barber, Salley picked up a bass. After graduating, he started a band in Madison, Wisconsin, then moved to Woodstock, New York, which, at the time, was home base for many musical luminaries including Van Morrison and Paul Butterfield. Here, he played extensively as both a session musician and a performer with local musicians and singers, including Happy and Artie Traum, Maria Muldaur, and Full Tilt Boogie. Salley then moved to Toronto where he played with David Wilcox and Ian and Sylvia Tyson, among others. Relocating to Los Angeles, Salley continued as a session player, formed several bands of his own, and provided bass for such artists as Bobbie Gentry and Joan Baez. On a road trip with Baez in 1983, Salley 'discovered' San Francisco and made it his home later that year. He was introduced to Chris Isaak in 1985 by a mutual friend and has been the bassist for Chris and his band "Silvertone" ever since. Salley also loves to paint watercolor pictures in between his musical pursuits.moreless

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    Rockford, Illinois