For over 30 years Hot Rize has defined Colorado's traditional yet progressive bluegrass sound. Over the course of 5 classic studio albums they earned Entertainer of the Year at the inaugural IBMA awards, a Grammy nomination, and numerous #1 tracks on bluegrass radio. Three years after the passing of original guitarist Charles Sawtelle in 1999, the band reorganized with brilliant guitarist Bryan Sutton for a few select shows a year. Now with a new album and full tour schedule, Hot Rize return to the festival they hosted from '85-'89 for their 17th RockyGrass.
The band was sounding truly hot as they made their way onto the stage for their 17th RockyGrass performance. The lineup consists of Tim O’Brien (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Pete Wernick (banjo, vocals), Nick Forster (bass), Bryan Sutton (guitar). (From July 27, 2014)
Every year since 2008, we have been broadcasting live from RockyGrass. Our festival coverage expanded in 2012 to offer selected highlights from our broadcasts online. We hope you enjoy these archives.
RockyGrass Archives 2014: Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers showed up half way through the Sunday evening set of Hot Rize. As Hot Rize relaxed in their luxury tour bus, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers spread a little Country into the Planet Bluegrass grounds.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: For more than 50 years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hardcore bluegrass fans. To close the opening night of the 41st RockyGrass, the Del McCoury Band took the stage for a stellar evening and one giant shooting star that made it's way across the sky during the second encore.
RockyGrass Archives 2013: The one and only Tim O'Brien took the stage Friday night with an incredibly hot band made up of guitarist Bryan Sutton, banjoist Noam Pikelny, fiddler Casey Driessen, and bassist Mike Bub. It was a stellar set and one of the many highlights of Friday's line up.