Hot Rize featured in Bluegrass Unlimited Revised online version: The band's history from the 70s to the present, with interviews with all members.

Hot Rize

1978: Charles Sawtelle, Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien, Pete Wernick

2008: Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien, Bryan Sutton

Hot Rize marked its 30th anniversary on January 18, 2008. (The first show was at The Hungry Farmer in Boulder, CO Jan. 18, 1978.) After not performing for three years following the death in 1999 of original member Charles Sawtelle, the band regrouped in 2002 for several shows a year, with Bryan Sutton added on guitar. 2010 is the ninth year of shows with the current lineup, delivering its high-energy, soulful, and unique sound to fans old and new. Fans at recent RockyGrass and GreyFox festivals were treated to reappearances of Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, who have now reestablished their identity in the Hot Rize show, if not their credibility.

Though many years from its full-time touring period of 1978-1990, Hot Rize has kept its legend growing by delivering first-class music and entertainment as only it can.

For more information on the band's members, history, and schedule, visit, the band's official web site.

Pete receives IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award at the World of Bluegrass Sept./Oct. in Nashville. Hot Rize bandmate Tim O'Brien presented the plaque for his "integral role in the wide world of Bluegrass."

Tim O'Brien's presentation speech
Classic Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers LIVE DVD!

[high-res version]

Now Available! Classic 1987 Hot Rize LIVE DVD! Only $20
featuring Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers.
57 minutes with 19 musical cuts plus interviews.

View sample clips: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning, One Woman Man

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Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers
The French Way; Honky Tonk Swing Music.

Now Available! Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, The French Way CD! Only $15

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Hot Rize's live album, So Long of a Journey
Hot Rize's album, "So Long of a Journey", has garnered high acclaim. It was selected by County Sales as "Best Traditional Bluegrass Recording of 2002," and won enthusiastic praise in Billboard, Bluegrass Unlimited, and many more.
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Both the music and the package are unique, with many photos and heartfelt messages from Tim, Pete, and Nick. Nineteen music cuts in all, including some never recorded by the band, and many favorites from throughout Hot Rize's three-decade history. This is Pete's favorite Hot Rize record! Click here for Hot Rize CD.
Telluride 1981

With Hot Rize doing Radio Boogie, jamming with Steve Goodman, more!
Watch the video

For booking:
Keith Case and Associates, Nashville TN 615-327-4646


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