- This article is about the bluegrass band. For the self-rising flour, see Martha White.
|Origin||Colorado, United States|
|Genres||Bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, folk|
|Labels||Sugar Hill Records, Flying Fish|
|Associated acts||Jerry Douglas, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers|
|Past members||Charles Sawtelle
Hot Rize is a bluegrass band that rose to prominence in the early 1980s. Established in 1978, the founding members were Mike Scap (guitar), Tim O'Brien on mandolin and fiddle, Pete Wernick on banjo and Charles Sawtelle on bass. Mike Scap was soon replaced by Nick Forster (electric bass), allowing Charles Sawtelle to switch to acoustic guitar.
The band played together and issued 6 studio albums until they disbanded in 1990. From 1991-98 the band played several reunion dates each year. Following the death in 1999 of Charles Sawtelle, Hot Rize re-grouped in 2002, adding Bryan Sutton to play the guitar.
Hot Rize started performing in January, 1978. They soon established the main line-up consisting of Tim O'Brien on mandolin, fiddle and lead vocals, Nick Forster on electric bass, harmony vocals, and emcee work, Charles Sawtelle, on guitar and occasional lead vocals, and Pete Wernick, "Dr. Banjo". The first, self-titled album was recorded in 1979 with follow-up Radio Boogie, released in 1981.
Origin of the band name
The band takes its name from the leavening ingredient found in Martha White flour and cornmeal products. Hot Rize often performs the theme song to the now defunct "Martha White Biscuit and Cornbread Time", a radio show in the late 1950s and early 1960s on Nashville station WSM featuring Flatt and Scruggs.
- Hot Rize (1979)
- Radio Boogie (1981)
- The French Way (as Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, 1984)
- Traditional Ties (1986)
- Untold Stories (1987)
- Take It Home (1990)
- So Long of a Journey (2002, recorded 1996)
- Hot Rize/Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers Live — In Concert (1982)
- eTown (radio program), co-hosted by Nick Forster
- Official website
- Dr. Banjo, Pete Wernick official website
- Tim O'Brien official website
- eTown radio program by Nick Forster
- Bryan Sutton official website
- Mike Scap official website
- "Hot Rize on Mountain Stage". NPR. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-9-17.
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- Hot Rize at AllMusic. Retrieved 23-9-2013.
- Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
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- Review of Radio Boogie at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- G. Brown (2004). Colorado Rocks! A Half-Century of Music in Colorado. Pruett Publishing. ISBN 978-0-87108-930-4. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- Samuelson, Dave (2012). "Martha White Flour". In P. Kingsbury, M. McCall & J. Rumble. The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Oxford University Press. pp. 1281–1283. ISBN 978-0-19-992083-9. Retrieved 23 September 2013.