Saltwater Stringband

Saltwater Stringband (SWSB) is a high-energy, low-stress bluegrass group based in Ocean City, MD, USA. Originally formed in late 2010, Nate Clendenen (guitar, vocals), Darin Engh (mandolin, vocals) and Bob Wilkinson (bass, vocals), joined together over a love of bluegrass and a few beers. Over the years they’ve been joined by some of the Mid-Atlantic’s best pickers such as Sam Guthridge (banjo, vocals), Marc Dykeman (bass, vocals), Patrick McAvinue (fiddle, vocals), Lucy Cochran (fiddle, vocals), Joe Esham (Dobro), Dave Shepherd (upright bass), Robert Mabe (banjo, vocals), and others! No matter what lineup they take the stage with, listeners should be ready for spirited performances at every showing.

This band draws on lifetimes of musical performance in a multitude of genres, yet their focus falls on bluegrass and old-time music as it is steeped in the aesthetics of the tidal waters of the Eastern Shore... creating a hybrid testament to true American roots music. We are very pleased to announce that in 2012, Saltwater Stringband took top honors at the 19th Annual Berlin Fiddler’s Convention Band Competition. In early 2015 they released a limited pressing of their first recording project. Entitled “8 Songs 9 Players”, it’s a collection of both original and traditional material, highlighting performances from all members of the SWSB family.

They've shared stages with The Seldom Scene, Larry Keel, Russell Moore and IIIrd Time Out, Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk, the Boxcars, Chester River Runoff, Drymill Road, and many, many more.

Look out for Saltwater Stringband when you’re on and around the DelMarVa Peninsula! Visit for music, dates, and info.