Photo: Copyright © 2012 Darlene Douglas

The Salt Martians will join host Andy Doerr on “The Roadtunes Sessions” this Tuesday right around 7:30 p.m.

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. Aaron Douglas (string bass and harmony vocals) is their recovering rock and roll and rockabilly bass ace. Doug Toews (mandolin, lead and harmony vocals) is their newest member, bringing along over forty years of bluegrass knowledge. Their combined talents give the Martians almost four thousand Earth years of combined playing experience. Their enjoyment of playing bluegrass music together — from Bill Monroe to the Byrds — is virulently contagious.

You can also see them live at the Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration at the historic Rancho La Patera & Stow House in Goleta this Thursday, July 4. Celebrate in the Goodland. All ages will enjoy a day of live music, classic cars, hayrides, pony rides, tours and more. Entertainment by The Salt Martians, The Rawhides and Peter Feldman and the Very Lonesome Boys. Admission is $7 for adults and free for kids.

“The Roadtunes Sessions” is in summer stretch limo mode from 7:30 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday.

Listen on in!