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Night of the Living Red; How Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers Almost Destroyed RockyGrass

In Their Words: “It was a shock to us members of Hot Rize to be overlooked by our Colorado ‘homebase’ festival RockyGrass — and have them hire our sidekick band instead. Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers don’t even play bluegrass! The Blazers got so excited they invited a lot of surprise guests, including go-go dancers and a bunch of ‘bluegrass zombies’ … something we didn’t even know existed.

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The Trailblazers pretty much ruined the festival ambiance, but in this strange Trumped-up world, that seemed just right for the RockyGrass festivarians. Some of the footage may seem faked, but it’s all for real … sorry to say!” — Pete Wernick (“Dr. Banjo”)

Hot Rize’s 2015 Year-End Video

With a new record and a great team, Hot Rize hit the road in 2015 with more energy and more songs than we’ve had in decades. Bryan, Pete, Tim and I had an amazing 2015. Here are some of the images from that adventure that took us to every corner of the country and overseas.
– Nick

Bluegrass Underground Season 5 Featuring Hot Rize

Hot Rize’s Bluegrass Underground Season 5 PBS program will broadcast all over North America this fall. Check this listing of stations that have currently scheduled the program.

“When I’m Free Tour” Concludes


Hot Rize at the 2015 IBMA Awards Ceremony

The band had a great time at the IBMA Awards show, and now looks back on the “When I’m Free” tour. They traveled to three foreign countries, over 30 states, and played at over 30 festivals. The audience responses were all they could have hoped for – everywhere they went. Check out the Hot Rize Facebook page for pictures and videos from their performances. Thanks everyone, and stay tuned!

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.

Hot Rize Plays the Streets of New York

Hot Rize’s latest video for ‘Your Light Leads Me On’ was filmed by Mason Jar Music right in Times Square, surrounded by… well, check it out! Here is what Pete had to say about this rare experience (and more in his video below):
“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.’ “

‘Ask Dr. Banjo’

Pete talks about his favorite memories from the recent Hot Rize tour including making the new video for ‘A Cowboy’s Life’.

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2016-2017 Shows

Hot Rize w/ Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers

Date City Venue
02/10/17 Augusta, GA Imperial Theatre
02/11/17 Lenoir, NC J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
02/24/17 Bellevue, WA Wintergrass Music Festival

Hot Rize is booking more shows for 2017,
so check back to see what’s cookin’!


"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.