It’s hard to believe but Hot Rize began almost forty years ago. Their journey has taken them from their start in the front range of Colorado to all corners of the globe. Their long history has given them a unique collection of stories and fan favorite songs that are going to make this show offering something that no Hot Rize (or acoustic music) fan will want to miss.
One of the remarkable things that happens when a band stays together for decades is that the adventures, the stories, the encounters with other legendary musicians can become as much a part of that band as the music. That is the case with the band Hot Rize, bursting onto the bluegrass scene in 1978 from Colorado and going on to define a modern style of bluegrass while introducing a generation to “America’s music”. Hot Rize has always been able to look back, honoring the pioneers, while looking forward, writing modern classic songs and pushing the boundaries with stellar musicianship and singing. Today, Hot Rize is ready to share some of those stories, encounters with legends and peers, friends and pioneers. The stories are remarkable, and the songs take on new meaning when seen through the lens of the band’s personal experiences.
High on a Mountain, the Songs and Stories of Hot Rize, is a complete entertainment experience that will introduce some to this award-winning quartet while deepening the connection for long-time fans.
The songs by Bill Monroe might reference the many times the band shared a stage with the Father of Bluegrass and some of their futile attempts to win his favor. A David Grisman tune would connect to Pete Wernick’s days in Washington Square Park in New York City with David and others in the early 60s as the folk and bluegrass boom was just taking off. Bryan Sutton, a native of western North Carolina, grew up in the shadow of the legendary Doc Watson, and he and Doc eventually became friends who played and recorded music together. Tim O’Brien has collaborated with a who’s-who of Americana icons from Mark Knopfler to the young guns of today. Earl Scruggs, Jerry Garcia, Ernest Tubb, Willie Dixon, Mavis Staples, Leon McAuliffe, John Hartford, Steve Goodman, Ralph Stanley, Pete Seeger and many more all crossed paths with the boys from Hot Rize over the years. The first-hand stories of these encounters – coupled with the songs that inspired the band – will make for an unforgettable evening, a virtual tour of modern American string band music told by the masters who were there.