Hot Rize goes live
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
– Bluegrass band Hot Rize will go the live route with its next release.
"Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash, recorded live at Boulder Theatre in Coloado over the course of three sold out shows in January of this year, will be out Aug. 3 on Ten in Hand Records.
Hot Rize - Nick Forster on bass, Pete Wernick on banjo, Tim O'Brien on mandolin and fiddle and Bryan Sutton on guitar - were joined by Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan and Sam Bush.
"We wanted to have a party," said Forster. "We wanted to have a full-out bash."
Tracing a line from the band's 1978 self-titled debut to their most recent release, "When I'm Free," the recording covers the band's career.
"I love the fact that this is not a nostalgia trip," Forster said. "It's a collaborative enterprise still engaged in ways that resonate for us as artists and for our audience."
As for the guests, Wernick said, "Those are absolutely our top-three favorite instrumentalists as well as our good friends. For them to come to Colorado and join us for the music and celebration was as much as you could hope for."
Tour dates are:
July 12 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
July 20 - Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival - Oak Hill, NY
July 29 - Rockygrass - Lyons, CO
Aug. 31 - Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival - New Castle, DE
Sept. 1 - Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival - Brunswick, ME
Sept. 2 - Rhythm and Roots Festival - Charlestown, RI
Nov. 2 - The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries - St. Louis, MO
Nov. 9 - Peoples Bank Theatre - Marietta, OH
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