Are you a string saver? Do double coupons at Dan's make you smile? Then the upcoming bluegrass concert at Bryant Intermediate School (40 S. Eighth East) 7:30 p.m. Tuesday should really make your day.
The Intermountain Acoustic Music Association is presenting the Colorado group known as the "hottest show in bluegrass." Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and The Trailblazers is a two-for-the-money group that set the Deer Valley Bluegrass Festival on its ear in 1987.Hot Rize was formed in 1978 and immediately managed to blend arch-traditional bluegrass with the jazz/ new grass sound that was revolutionizing the genre. Its name was taken from a Grand Ole Opry commercial that Flatt & Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys sang in the 1950s. "Martha White's self-rising flour's got `Hot Rize.'T"
The group, consists of bassist Nick Forest; mandolinist/fiddler Tim O'Brian; guitarist Charles Sawtelle and banjoist Pete Wernick. A Hot Rize concert can be guaranteed to end in standing ovations. Not only are audiences treated to runaway music that energizes its listeners but a visual treat is in store as well. When the incredibly talented Hot Rize musicians take a short break and disappear backstage, a zany bunch of intruders in sunglasses roar out to wreak musical havoc while the `serious' musicians are backstage.
Out strides Red and his guys looking like they just stepped out of a time machine. In Gene Autrey classic Western outfits, they suddenly deluge fans with honky-tonk country western classics from the '30s and '40s: sounds of Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams.
Tim O'Brian said that wearing suits with vintage ties and `bluesing out' was their way of being retro-renegades. Whatever they call their brand of music, whether the schizoid Trailblazers or the sizzling Hot Rize musicians, this group and its alter ego can make an audience sit up and beg for more. - Karen Swedin