Good Times on the “When I’m Free” Tour

Touring behind “When I’m Free” in 2015 and 2016, Hot Rize 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!

Hot Rize Plays the Streets of New York

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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:
“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.’ “

A Roving on a Winter’s Night

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Hot Rize on Bluegrass Underground, over 300′ below!

Hot Rize – A Cowboy’s Life

‘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’.

Hot Rize – Happy New Year 2015

A Prairie Home Companion, 9/20/2014 – Colleen Malone

Hot Rize w/ The String Cheese Incident – “Handsome Molly” (December, 2013)

In 2013, Hot Rize entered the recording studio for the first time in more than two decades.

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 – Nellie Kane

Hot Rize – Blue Is Fallin’

Hot Rize at DelFest 2014

An audience-eye view of the band’s first performance at the famous Maryland festival in May 2014. The tune is Pete’s Sky Rider, from the new record.

Hot Rize - Live at Bonnaroo, 2010

Tim O’Brien – Backstage at Mountain Stage

Hot Rize with Jerry Douglas & Stuart Duncan perform “High on a Mountain”

Hot Rize with Jerry Douglas & Stuart Duncan perform “High on a Mountain”.
7/23/1989, Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival, four days after Pete survived the crash of Flight 232.