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“When I’m Free Tour” winding down


Hot Rize at the 2015 IBMA Awards Ceremony

The band had a great time at the IBMA Awards show, and now heads out for the homestretch of the “When I’m Free” tour. Some new dates are still being added, so have a look at the schedule and come out to see the show.

Bryan Sutton: IBMA Guitar player of the year!

Congrats to Bryan Sutton on winning International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar player of the year. We are so glad to have you on our team…and so cool of you to dedicate the award to Charles Sawtelle.

On the Road with Hot Rize

Hot Rize Hits the Road–Hot!

Hot Rize’s 2015 tour schedule includes 30+ festivals & venues

Touring behind the “When I’m Free” release has included gigs in Washington, California, New Hampshire, Florida and many points between. In one week in April they played in all four time zones. The band members agree that the cave at Bluegrass Underground definitely wins for the most unique venue so far.  Check out the Hot Rize Facebook page for pictures and videos from their performances.

Hot off the presses–our latest release, When I’m Free on VINYL!

WhenImFree-VinylGet your copy today. This beautifully-packaged musical masterpiece includes two full covers of band photos, song lyrics and a free digital download of the album. Glen Herbert of KDHX Radio writes, “When I’m Free may be the band’s strongest release ever, and with 24 years since the last studio recording, it certainly doesn’t come a moment too soon.” Order your copy here today.

Check out all the great merchandise on the site, including the new Hot Rize tee (three colors to choose from), Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers tees, flyswatters, bumper stickers and discs from both bands.

Hot Rize Plays the Streets of New York

We are excited to announce the release of our latest video for ‘Your Light Leads Me On’ filled by Mason Jar Music on the streets of New York! Here is what Peter Wernick had to say about filming the song on the busy streets of New York

“As the only native New York City boy in the group, very familiar with Times Square, it was wild and weird to be picking banjo there, plowing along through the curious onlookers, not to mention Batman, the Statue of Liberty, Disney characters, etc. The lights of the giant video billboards really contrast ironically with what the song is about… a lonesome driver saying to the moon, ‘your light leads me on.’ “

Festival season is still here!



Hot Rize will be there … will you?

The first video in the ‘Ask Dr. Banjo’ series

Here Pete talks about his favorite memories from the recent Hot Rize tour including the making of the new video for ‘A Cowboy;s Life’ which is soon to be released!

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2015 Tour Schedule

Watch here and check the full schedule
new dates being added all the time!

Hot Rize w/ Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers

Date City Venue
03/21/15 Live Oak, FL Suwannee Springfest
03/25/15 Franklin, TN Music City Roots
03/26/15 Roanoke, VA Jefferson Center
03/27/15 McMinnville, TN Bluegrass Underground
03/28/15 Savannah, GA Trustees Theater
03/29/15 Plymouth, NH Silver Center, Hanaway Theatre
04/18/15 Driftwood, TX Old Settlers Music Fest
04/23/15 Wilkesboro, NC Merlefest
04/25/15 Phoenix, AZ Musical Instrument Museum
04/26/15 Indio, CA Stagecoach Music Festival
05/23/15 Black Mountain, NC Black Mountain UpRizing
05/24/15 Cumberland, MD DelFest
05/29/15 Lexington, KY Troubadour Concert Series – Lyric Theatre
05/30/15 Bean Blossom, IN John Hartford Memorial Festival
06/12/15 Ontario, CA Huck Finn Jubilee
06/13/15 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
06/14/15 Napa, CA City Winery Napa
06/16/15 Denver, CO Denver Botanic Gardens
06/18/15 Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival
06/27/15 Owensboro, KY ROMP
07/09/15 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
07/11/15 - 07/12/15 Courtenay, BC Vancouver Island Musicfest
07/14/15 Missoula, MT Ruby Jewel Jamboree
07/18/15 Oak Hill, NY Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
08/01/15 - 08/02/15 Stony Plain, Alberta Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival
08/07/15 Alta, WY Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival
08/08/15 Richmond, MN Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival
08/09/15 Bayfield, WI Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
08/27/15 - 08/28/15 Tønder, Denmark Tønder Festival
08/30/15 Dorset, England Purbeck Valley Folk Festival
09/03/15 Brunswick, ME Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Special
09/04/15 Woodstown, NJ Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
09/06/15 Pagosa Springs, CO Four Corners Folk Festival
09/17/15 Nashville, TN The Station Inn
09/18/15 Louisville, KY The Clifton Center
09/19/15 Bristol, TN Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
09/25/15 Berryville, VA Watermelon Park Festival
09/26/15 Winona, MN Boats and Bluegrass Festival
10/02/15 Chattanooga, TN 3 Sisters Music Festival
10/04/15 San Francisco, CA Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Date City Venue
10/09/15 Silk Hope, NC Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
10/10/15 Floyd, VA Floyd Country Store
10/14/15 Maize, KS Prairie Pines
10/15/15 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall
10/16/15 Farmers Branch, TX Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival

No shows booked at the moment.

To Order …

"When I'm Free", and all the Hot Rize releases. Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers CDs, too!
Limited quantities of AUTOGRAPHED "When I'm Free" CDs available.

Hot Rize, Martha White, Red Knuckles apparel.

Red Knuckles flyswatters and other items. Got flies? Quantity discounts available on the flyswatters!

The only available DVD of Hot Rize. A full hour concert performance featuring both bands. Only available from Hot Rize.