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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 Tour Schedule

Upcoming Shows

Hot Rize w/ Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers

Date City Venue
08/19/16 Gettysburg, PA Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
08/21/16 Chicago, IL City Winery Chicago

The 2015 Tour was Wonderful!

Thanks Everyone!

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
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


"When I'm Free", and all the Hot Rize releases. Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers CDs, too!
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The only available DVD of Hot Rize. A full hour concert performance featuring both bands. Only available from Hot Rize.