The Boston Globe describes Hot Rize as one of the most influential and beloved bluegrass bands of the past thirty years. Hot Rize has appeared on national radio and TV shows, and has toured most of the United States, as well as Japan,Europe and Australia. First formed in 1978, the group consisted of Tim O'Brien on mandolin, fiddle and lead vocals, Nick Forster on electric bass and harmony vocals, Charles Sawtelle, on guitar and Pete Wernick on banjo. They reached the pinnacle of critical acclaim throughout the 1980s and retired as a full time act in 1990. They regrouped occasionally for reunion tours. When Sawtelle died in 1999 the surviving members brought guitarist Bryan Sutton on board. In 2014, the band released their first album in 20 years and have been on the road ever since in support of the record.
Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures might be tough to bracket but they sure are easy to enjoy. A little bit blues, a little bit bluegrass, a little bit rock, and a little bit kitchen sink, a style of music that some fans have come to call “blues-grass”. You'll hear some great original songs inspired by the styles of Shane McGowan, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, and Bill Monroe. With a rough and tumble mix of guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, washboard, snare drum, and accordion Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures are exactly what the doctor ordered.