Hot Buttered Rum with Bill Evans on Banjo Outdoors at Osher Marin JCC
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“Their original songs are instantly familiar and inviting, and their easygoing versions of timeless classics (the Beatles, Hank Williams) belie the intricacy of the arrangements.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Whether you choose to throw a blanket on the turf, secure a table, sit in chairs or dance all night, bring the kids, make it a date night, picnic or purchase dinner on site from Roadside BBQ- The night is filled with possibilities and the music is bluegrass.
Initially formed as an acoustic string band, seven years of constant touring has transformed Hot Buttered Rum into a plugged-in, percussive powerhouse that wows critics and fans alike. Their left-coast rock reveals an access to jazz, country, and world music that few groups can match. While the band’s music belies simple categorization, its songwriting and stage chemistry delights listeners at every turn.
Hot Buttered Rum’s story is one of evolution. The “high altitude bluegrass” era captured on their first studio album, In These Parts, found the band enjoying success at such diverse stages as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Along the way, the group shared the stage with some of today’s most accomplished artists, including Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, and Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile. In 2006, acoustic pioneer Mike Marshall produced Hot Buttered Rum’s second studio album, Well-Oiled Machine, and captured the sound of a hard-touring band charting its course along the highways and byways of American music.
The continued expansion of Hot Buttered Rum’s sound and writing found a home in Live in the Northeast. More electric pickups made their way to the stage, along with an increased focus on songwriting. As the band developed a heavier sound, fans and press began to describe them as a rock band with acoustic instruments. It therefore came as no surprise when, following the departure of mandolinist Zac Matthews, the other founding members Aaron Redner (fiddle and mandolin), Bryan Horne (upright bass), Nat Keefe (guitar), and Erik Yates (banjo, guitar, woodwinds, and resophonic guitar) joined forces with Bay Area drummer Lucas Carlton.
2009 saw the new line up in San Francisco’s Mission Bells Studios, where they recorded Limbs Akimbo under the watchful eye of producer Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips). Featuring guest appearances by Jackie Greene (Skinny Singers, Phil Lesh and Friends) and Zach Gill (ALO, Jack Johnson), the album marked the beginning of a new creative phase. Limbs Akimbo signaled the arrival of a highly matured, impressively listenable, stirringly rocking, and pleasantly poppy sound.
Hot Buttered Rum recently completed recording sessions at San Francisco’s Light Rail Studios working with famed producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, String Cheese Incident, The Replacements, R.E.M, Sheryl Crow, John Lee Hooker) on an album that represents an important stylistic step forward. Look for a major label release in late Summer, 2012.