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Playing music that honors the roots of bluegrass while blazing new trails for the genre, the eclectic Colorado band Hot Rize performs traditional bluegrass, jazz, and rock as well as progressive bluegrass. Hot Rize came together in 1976 and were named after the secret ingredient in Martha White Self-Rising Flour, the product Flatt & Scruggs had promoted via radio early in their careers. The bandmembers were Tim O'Brien on lead and harmony vocals, mandolin, and fiddle; Pete Wernick on banjo and harmony vocals; Mike Scap on guitar and harmony vocals; and Charles Sawtelle on bass guitar, guitar, harmonies, and lead vocals. Mike Scap departed in 1976 and was replaced by bass player, guitarist, and vocalist Nick Forster, who also became the group's MC. Hot Rize made their official debut in 1978, and the group recorded their self-titled debut album, a blend of traditional and new material, in 1979. Their second LP, Radio Boogie, came out in 1981. A year later, their alter ego Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, a loving parody of hardcore '50s country music, recorded their own album, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers. In 1984 Hot Rize released a concert album largely comprising traditional hits, and in 1986 they released a studio effort, Traditional Ties. In 1988 another Red Knuckles album, Shades of the Past, followed. After Take It Home came out in 1990, Hot Rize broke up and O'Brien and Wernick went on to successful solo careers, while Forster went on to executive-produce the syndicated radio variety show Etown. Despite the split, Hot Rize played annual reunion shows until Sawtelle passed away in March 1999 after a two-year fight with leukemia. Hot Rize regrouped in 2002, adding Bryan Sutton on guitar, and they began doing shows again, sometimes under the Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers moniker. They issued the live set So Long of a Journey (recorded in 1996), in 2002. After over a decade of silence -- and nearly a quarter century since their previous release -- Hot Rize issued their sixth album, When I'm Free, on Ten in Hands Records in 2014. Two years later, early member Mike Scap lost his life after a battle with cancer. In 2018, to celebrate four decades of Hot Rize, the group issued 40th Anniversary Bash, a 26-song set commemorating their long and storied career. Recorded in Boulder, the concert also featured guests Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Stuart Duncan. ~ Johnny Loftus & Steve Leggett
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  2.   Walk the Way the Wind Blows
  3.   Colleen Malone
  4.   Hard Pressed
  5.   Doggone
  6.   Untold Stories
  7.   Western Skies
  8.   You Were On My Mind This Morning
  9.   Come Away
  10.   Clary Mae
  11.   A Cowboy's Life
  12.   Hear Jerusalem Moan
  13.   Wichita Lineman
  14.   Blue Night
  15.   Radio Boogie
  16.   Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
  17.   Bluegrass, Pt. 3
  18.   Shadows in My Room
  19.   Are You Tired of Me, My Darling
  20.   Ninety Nine Years (And One Dark Day)
  21.   Ain't I Been Good to You?
  22.   Late in the Day
  23.   Land of Enchantment
  24.   Tenderly Calling (Home, Come On Home)
  25.   Walkin' the Dog
  26.   Climb the Ladder
  27.   Colleen Malone (Intro)
  28.   Wichita Lineman
  29.   Wild Ride
  30.   Rocky Road Blues
  31.   Montana Cowboy
  32.   Life's Too Short
  33.   John Henry
  34.   Gone Fishing
  35.   Durham's Reel
  36.   Climbing up a Mountain
  37.   John, Lost
  38.   The Sweetest Song I Sing
  39.   You Don't Have to Move That Mountain
  40.   Bending Blades
  41.   Foggy Mt. Breakdown
  42.   Empty Pocket Blues
  43.   Midnight on the Highway
  44.   The Butcher's Dog
  45.   No Brakes
  46.   Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
  47.   Leather Britches
  48.   A Voice on the Wind
  49.   This Here Bottle
  50.   Don't Make Me Believe
  51.   High on a Mountain (Intro)
  52.   Walk the Way the Wind Blows (Intro)
  53.   Radio Boogie (Intro)
  54.   Out on the Ocean (Intro)
  55.   Angelina Baker
  56.   The High Road
  57.   Things in Life
  58.   Out on the Ocean
  59.   You Were on My Mind
  60.   Huckling the Berries
  61.   Everybody's Rockin' But Me
  62.   Golden Rocket
  63.   I Am The Road
  64.   Burn It Down
  65.   I Never Met A One Like You
  66.   Sky Rider
  67.   Your Light Leads Me On
  68.   Working on a Building
  69.   Won't You Come and Sing for Me
  70.   The Man in the Middle
  71.   Standing in the Need of Prayer
  72.   Rank Strangers to Me
  73.   Powwow the Indian Boy
  74.   Old Dan Tucker
  75.   Nellie Kane
  76.   Just Like You
  77.   Introduction
  78.   Introduction of Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers by Pete Wernick by Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers
  79.   If I Should Wander Back Tonight
  80.   High on a Mountain
  81.   Gone But Not Forgotten
  82.   Frank's Blues
  83.   Blue Is Fallin'
  84.   In the Jailhouse Now
  85.   Radio Boogie featuring Jerry Douglas
  86.   Footsteps So Near
  87.   Where the Wild River Rolls
  88.   Just Ain't
  89.   The Old Rounder
  90.   Glory In The Meeting House
  91.   Money to Burn
  92.   Country Blues
  93.   Country Boy Rock 'N' Roll
  94.   The Bravest Cowboy
  95.   Lamplighting Time in the Valley
  96.   Bluegrass Part Three
  97.   Prayer Bells of Heaven
  98.   Wild Bill Jones
  99.   Tom and Jerry
  100.   I Long for the Hills
  101.   Think of What You've Done
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