Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

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“Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.”

 – Relix Magazine

“Few things rejuvenate the soul like a warm fireside drink after an exhausting day in the snow. Hot Buttered Rum has that effect. 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

Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time, and a mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step on stage. From Anchorage to Miami, the group’s onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live Butter show. Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum plays what has been described as California’s own acoustic music.

HBR’s years of touring have given the band the chance to work and play with a wide cross-section of musicians, people like Peter Rowan, Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, and Robert Earl Keen. Seasoned veteran Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), acoustic guru Mike Marshall, and left-coast rocker Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm) have all produced studio albums for the band. Each guided HBR towards the next step in its evolution. It’s a sound that is tough to describe and easy to love, and it has found its way to the most prestigious pop, folk, and bluegrass stages in the country: Telluride, Newport, Bonnaroo, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly, Kate Wolf, Horning’s Hideout, String Summit, Grey Fox, Merlefest, All Good, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and many more.

The next step in Butter’s evolution involves recording three 5-song EPs, each focusing on a part of music that Hot Buttered Rum loves and is inspired by, and each with a different producer. The first EP was recently recorded with Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone and will be released this fall. The second will be a collection of Ralph Stanley old school bluegrass standards, to be recorded in September with producer Sally Van Meter. The third is Hot Buttered Rum’s latenight throwdown music, recorded with SCI’s Kyle Hollingsworth. Together, the three collections of songs explore Butter’s roots and express Butter’s present passions.

At the center of Hot Buttered Rum is the enduring camaraderie of old friends. The band was conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the High Sierra. What was dreamed up on mountaintops and around campfires has found its way into the hearts, minds, and bodies of thousands.

news

Relix Premieres Hot Buttered Rum’s 3rd EP, “The Kite & The Key”
Bluegrass Situation Q&A With Nat of Hot Buttered Rum
Live For Live Music Premiere Hot Buttered Rum’s Tribute of Dr. Ralph Stanley’s “Pig In a Pen.”
Musicians Corner Nashville premiere of Hot Buttered Rum’s “How Mountain Girls Can Love”
Glide Magazine Reviews Hot Buttered Rum’s New EP

TOUR DATES

Date City Venue
Apr 26 Bend, OR Volcanic Theatre
Apr 27 Portland, OR Star Theater
Apr 28 Eugene, OR Hi-Fi Music Hall
Apr 29 Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge
Apr 30 Applegate, OR Applegate River Lodge
May 05 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
May 06 Cloverdale, CA Ellipsis Winery
May 11 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
May 12 Tucson, AZ 191 Toole
May 13 Flagstaff, AZ The Green Room
May 20 - May 21 Williams, OR Apple Jam Music Festival
Jun 10 Aspen, CO Snowmass Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival
Jul 14 Navarro, CA Redwood Ramble
Jul 16 Mt. Shasta, CA Shastice Park
Aug 04 Ozark, AZ Homegrown on the River
Aug 15 - Aug 20 Stanley, ID Pickin’ on the Middlefork Adventure
Sep 16 Templeton, CA Castoro Cellars Winery
Oct 28 Willits, CA LL Grange

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