In the summer of 1999, the Hot Buttered Rum String Band headed for California's Sierra Nevada mountains in search of the high lonesome sound of mountain music. After a month of hiking, climbing, pickin' & singin', HBRSB brought back a new sound: High Altitude Bluegrass.
This has been an exciting year for the Hot Buttered Rum String Band. As Swallow Hill Music Association producer Grant Landsbach describes:
"(HBRSB) is quickly establishing itself as one of the
finest young bluegrass bands around."
Accomplishments in 2002 include:
* Premiering at several prestigious festivals and venues, including the Freight
and Salvage, the High Sierra Music Festival, and the Sweetwater Saloon.
* Releasing their second live album, "Live at the Freight and Salvage", which
was praised by the San Francisco Chronicle.
* Sharing the stage with many esteemed colleagues: Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky,
Kris Delmhorst, Tony Furtado, Druha Trava, High Country, and Open Road.
* Continuing to tour successfully out-of-state, developing a devoted fanbase.
The Hot Buttered Rum String Band's music nods to the past and sits squarely in the present. The music appeals to traditional bluegrass aficionados as well as the most discerning folk audiences and dance-hungry jam-band fans. HBRSB thrives in both quiet concert settings as well as wild dance halls. A truly multi-generational audience is growing around this group of musicians who deliver a fresh sound grounded in tradition.
What does 2003 hold in store? HBRSB has just added a hot fiddler to the line-up, making the group a quintet. A long-awaited studio album (recorded using solar power) is soon to be released. The music and the fanbase are growing. Their festival schedule is filling up. Good things are to come.