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New Friends – Hot Buttered Rum

So a couple of months ago I was scrolling through stations on XM Radio and stopped at Jam On. Now I was never a big Grateful Dead or Phish fan, but I did find myself enjoying many of the bands. Unlike my wife I like instrumentals and long jams of good music are fine with me. One of my favorite albums is John Mayall’s Turning Point album, with long solos by Jon Mark and Johnny Almond on” California” and “Thoughts About Roxanne”! Seemed like many times when I heard a band I liked and looked to see who it was, and it was Hot Buttered Rum. So the other day, I loaded the mp3 player with their second and third studio  albums Well -Oiled Machine and Live in the Northeast and yesterday I added their most recent release Limbs Akimbo and I have some new friends!

The band was founded about seven years ago and was originally an acoustic string band but the band has evolved over the years and now pulls from jazz, country and world influences. The current album Limbs Akimbo has more of a mature pop-rock sound but still sprinkles in a good mix of the acoustic string band sound. Anyway the band is flat out fun to listen to, good picking and good lyrics combine for great listening! Some of my favorite tracks so far are “Busted in Utah”, “Desert Rat”, “Summertime Girl” and “Spider” from Live in the Northeast (which is currently my favorite of the three albums) “Guns or Butter” from Well-Oiled Machine and “Sexy Bakery Girl, “Honkytonk Tequila” and “Limbs Akimbo” from Limbs Akimbo. However, these may change after further listening, which I knowe I will be doing!

Band members are:

Aaron Redner -fiddle and mandolin, vocals

Bryan Horne -upright bass, vocals

Nat Keefe – guitar, vocals

Erik Yates – banjo, guitar, woodwinds, and resophonic guitar, vocals

Matt Butler drums, vocals

Together they make great music! So check them out. As for me I’ll keep listening and find their first album In These Parts.