Walter Salas-Humara has been the only constant in the Silos since he launched the band in New York City in 1985 with guitarist Bob Rupe and violinist Mary Rowell. The singer-songwriter bought the rights to the Silos name from Rupe in 1991, and spent much of the last decade as a three-piece with Konrad Meissner on drums and Drew Glackin (who died in 2008) on bass and lap steel guitar.
The current Silos incarnation is typically a five-piece, with Salas-Humara and Meissner joined by Jason Victor on guitar, Bruce Martin on keyboards and Rod Hohl on bass. But the extended Silos family is large, and can include quite a few additional musicians on albums or onstage. It’s a “moveable feast” as the band says, quoting Hemingway — one that adds rich textures to Salas-Humara’s rootsy, well-honed and sometimes stark tales.