Hot Buttered Rum are happy to announce that, in addition to dates already confirmed throughout the winter and spring, (see details below) they will be headlining their hometown’s most legendary venue, The Fillmore on Friday, May 13th. The show, dubbed The Black & Red Ball, goes on sale Friday Feb 5th with Bay Area comrades, Front Country and Quiles & Cloud as openers.
Hot Buttered Rum has spent the better part of the past year recording a set of three 6-song EPs each focusing on a different aspect of the band’s diversity and inspiration, and driving the point home by conspiring with the appropriate producer for each release.
The first EP (The Kite and the Key: Part 1), recorded with Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone was released in late 2015 to substantial accolades.
It will be followed by this Friday’s (Feb 5th) digital release of the aptly titled, The Kite and the Key: Part 2, a collection of old school bluegrass standards by the celebrated Stanley Brothers, recorded and produced by Sally Van Meter in the fall of 2015.
Van Meter says this of the effort, “The Kite And The Key: Part 2 is one of those wonderful recordings where you will come to know the Bluegrass roots that Hot Buttered Rum relied upon for inspiration for their more progressive musical leanings that have now brought them full circle with their music. As the second of a three-disk project, HBR brings home for me and for all listeners what Bluegrass music- real Bluegrass- is. With such strong commitment to the Stanley Brothers recordings of nearly 60 years ago, Hot Buttered Rum give the old songs a new spirit, playing with such passion to keeping it real in the mountain style of bluegrass so exemplified by the Stanley Brothers themselves.”
HBR’s Nat Keefe (guitars, vocals) follows, “Ralph Stanley is an inspiration to me on so many levels. My dad has a dozen of his albums on vinyl and I grew up listening to these on Sunday mornings, his lonesome mountain tones contrasting with my warm suburban Californian childhood. Out of all the bluegrass music founding fathers, his is the sound that makes my hair stand up on end.”
Erik Yates (banjo, vocals) adds, “There were so many reasons to let the music of Dr. Ralph Stanley do its work on us, as players and listeners and lovers of all things lonesome. It was an easy choice.”
The third EP release will be Hot Buttered Rum’s late-night throwdown music, recorded and produced with String Cheese Incident’s Kyle Hollingsworth and due out this spring.
Together, the three collections of songs will explore Butter’s roots and express Butter’s present passions.
Thursday, February 25, 2016 | Fort Collins, CO @ The Aggie Theater w/ Tea Leaf Green (Co Bill)
Friday, February 26, 2016 | Denver, CO @ Cervantes' Ballroom w/ Tea Leaf Green (Co Bill)
Saturday, February 27, 2016 | Denver, CO @ Cervantes' Ballroom w/ Tea Leaf Green (Co Bill)
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | Carbondale, CO @ Steve's Guitar
Thursday, March 3, 2016 | Steamboat Springs, CO @ Old Town Pub
Friday, March 4, 2016 | Colorado Springs, CO @ Stargazer's Theatre
Saturday, March 5, 2016 | Frisco, CO @ Barkley Ballroom w/ Bonfire Dub
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | Sisters, OR @ The Belfry w/ Front Country
Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Corvallis, OR @ Majestic Theatre w/ Front Country
Friday, March 25, 2016 | Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern w/ Front Country
Saturday, March 26, 2016 | Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theater w/ Front Country
Sunday, March 27, 2016 | Applegate, OR @ Applegate Lodge w/ Front Country
Thursday, March 31, 2016 | Hermosa Beach, CA @Saint Rocked
Friday, April 1, 2016 | Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Saturday, April 2, 2016 | Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | Minneapolis, MN @ The Caboose w/ The Last Revel
Thursday, April 7, 2016 | Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ The Last Revel
Friday, April 8, 2016 | Chicago, IL @ The Cubby Bear w/ The Last Revel
Saturday, April 9, 2016 | Milwaukee, WI @ The Miramar Theatre w/ The Last Revel + Evergreen Grass Band
Sunday, April 10, 2016 | Winona, MN @ Ed's No Name Bar w/ The Last Revel
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | Nevada City, CA @ Miner's Foundry w/ Achilles Wheel Trio
Friday, May 13, 2016 | San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore w/ Front Country + Quiles & Cloud