Hot Rize

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This article is about the bluegrass band. For the self-rising flour, see Martha White.

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 almost immediately 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.

In 2014 Hot Rize released the first studio album with Bryan Sutton, "When I'm Free", on Ten in Hands Records, and set out on their first tour in over 20 years in support of the record.

When touring, Hot Rize often performs as a Western swing band called Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Hot Rize 1
1992 Radio Boogie 1
Take It Home 1
Traditional Ties 1
Untold Stories 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 So Long of a Journey 1

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