An innovative and engaging live entity, Hot Buttered Rum finally displays their creative talents via the concert disc, Live in the Northeast.
Recorded October 11-14, 2006 in Burlington, Vt., Boston, MA, Saratoga Springs, NY and Newmarket, NH, Live in the Northeast finds the California band settling in with a rare sense of musical exploration and sizzling acoustic interplay. "Return Someday" grooves effortlessly, feeding off of the bands’ loose, swinging harmonies and defining instrumentation. Diving headlong into the Garcia/Hunter/Lesh rambler "Cumberland Blues," HBR weaves bruising improvisational runs that surround the legendary composition with a fresh appeal.
Recorded by Mike Partridge, the recording serves as the perfect souvenir of Hot Buttered Rum’s lengthy tours aboard their "Well Oiled Machine" bus, and provides insight into their unique onstage chemistry. Guitarist and songwriter Nat Keefe steps up to deliver two stunning homespun numbers, the opener "Busted in Utah" and the disc’s highlight, the war torn and electric "Desert Rat."
Full of the boisterous rhythms of bassist Bryan Horne, mandolin player Zachary Matthews, banjo master Erik Yates and Aaron Redner on fiddle, Live in the Northeast spans the great divide to share the positive vibrations of jamgrass ambassadors Hot Buttered Rum.
Live in the Northeast is out now on SCI Fidelity.