Hot Rize

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": bluegrass country folk americana Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: MySpace Official Homepage Wikipedia

Biography

Formed in 1978 in Boulder, Colorado, this traditional bluegrass band included Tim O’Brien (16 March 1954, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA; mandolin, violin, vocals), Pete Wernick (b. 25 February 1946, New York City, New York, USA; banjo/vocals), Charles Sawtelle (b. 20 September 1946, Austin, Texas, USA, d. 20 March 1999; bass, guitar, vocals), and Mike Scap (bass, guitar, vocals) who was soon replaced by Nick Forster (b. 16 May 1955, Beirut, Lebanon; bass). The band’s repertoire drew upon established bluegrass music but they increasingly composed their own songs. Lively and energetic and always musical, Hot Rize built a following among old and young generations and this, allied to their vital stage presence, ensured their popularity. Never above poking gentle fun at their peers, the music and themselves, they also evolved a separate entity, calling themselves Red Knuckles And The Trailblazers. With this group they played a similar repertoire but emphasized...

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