News Archive

  • Mike Scap passes (March, 2016)

    A sad event in the Hot Rize world… Mike Scap, founding member and the original guitarist in Hot Rize, passed away from cancer in his native New Jersey.
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  • Hot Rize on the road!

    With the release of “When I’m Free”, Hot Rize went in to high gear in Fall of 2014 with shows in
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  • Hot Rize on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction

    Tune in this week to Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction for an exclusive track-by-track presentation of “When I’m Free.”
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  • 2014 Fall Tour

    “We had a fun and busy fall tour after the release of our first CD in many years, When I’m Free. The title, Western Skies, comes from the chorus of song I wrote with help from Tim. It’s about the thing that happens when you find yourself out west: the sky opens up and you feel a sense of freedom and possibility that is more elusive on a cold and dreary day back east. That feeling drew Tim O’Brien and Pete Wernick and me from the east to Colorado in the 70’s. Even now, when things are closing in or getting you down, we need to be reminded of that feeling of wide open spaces. Thanks to our tour manager and sound engineer, Dan Foldes of Pint of Soul, for capturing this view of our life on the road.” Nick Forster Hot Rize returns to the road in March, presenting the songs from “When I’m Free”, along with other favorite Hot Rize classics. Watch the schedule grow as dates are announced. You can order “When I’m Free” here.
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  • VIDEO: “Backstage Pass” video of Del McCoury Band and Tim O’Brien

    Go “backstage” and hear bluegrass legend Del McCoury and Hot Rize’s Tim O’Brien talk about how they stay on the cutting edge of one of the more traditional music genres and Hot Rize’s return to the music scene with their first album and tour in almost 25 years.
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  • CD: Hot Rize, When I'm Free

    Hot Rize album hits #1 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart in its debut week!

    The new Hot Rize album landed the #1 spot on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart its debut week!
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  • Hot Rize at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

    A couple of Tim’s photos – and a video – from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.
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  • Hot Rize visits Twist and Shout Records

    On 27 September Twist and Shout Records hosted an in-store performance of Hot Rize with a meet & greet for fans and early copies of the new Hot Rize album “When I’m Free” for sale.
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  • A Prairie Home Companion

    Prairie Home Companion Season Opens with Solid Kicks and Red Hot Licks

    On September 20, our brand new season kicked off with a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, followed by our annual Meatloaf Supper and Street Dance. With special guests, pioneering bluegrass quartet Hot Rize, songwriter and fiddler Sara Watkins, harmonica revolutionary Howard Levy, and singer Lynn Peterson. The Street Dance featured Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers with Thelma Otto on fiddle, and contests for Overacting and Bob Dylan Imitations.
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  • Hot Rize vs. Praying Mantis

    Bluegrass band Hot Rize is repeatedly accosted by a praying mantis during their set at the Strawberry Music Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on September 12, 2014. Seems a good omen as they begin their tour presenting their new CD.
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