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On their first studio album in nearly a quarter-century, Hot Rize touch upon all the elements that first established them as bluegrass innovators. Tim O’Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, and recent recruit Bryan Sutton dive into this set with gusto, effortlessly blurring any distinctions between traditional Appalachian modes and modern bluegrass refinements. O’Brien’s fluent touch on mandolin and fiddle is in fine form, complemented by his ardent tenor vocals. Tasty licks are likewise provided by Wernick’s banjo and Sutton’s guitar, anchored by Forster’s resolute bass work. It adds up to an excellent return to form by a truly legendary ensemble.

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When I’m red

Well Worth the Wait!
Inspite of playing again since 2002, this is their first release in 24 years.
Wonderful mix of old and new.

Fantastic Old-school Bluegrass

Had the good fortune to see them in Boulder at the album premiere. Danced my feet off! One of the best bluegrass albums in my collection, and I have lots!


Perhaps one of the most perfect bluegrasss cds ever recorded....


Formed: 1976

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The eclectic Colorado progressive bluegrass band Hot Rize also plays traditional bluegrass, jazz, and rock. They came together in 1976 and were named after the secret ingredient of Martha White Self-Rising Flour, the product Flatt & Scruggs had promoted early in their careers. The bandmembers were Tim O'Brien on lead and harmony vocals, mandolin, and fiddle; Pete Wernick on banjo and harmony vocals; and Charles Sawtelle on bass guitar, guitar, harmonies, and lead vocals. Mike Scap departed in 1976...
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