Hot Buttered Rum & Head for the Hills

Hot Buttered Rum & Head for the Hills

Hot Buttered Rum & Head for the Hills at Telluride’s Sheridan Opera House. Saturday, Jan. 2 (Head for the Hills closes) & Sunday, Jan. 3 (Hot Buttered Rum closes) 2016. 8 p.m. show; doors at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 general admission on the floor ; $40 reserved in the balcony and increase by $5 the day of the show.  Tickets and additional event information here or call 970.728.6363 x 5.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation wraps up its 2015 Holiday Concert Series with two nights of high-energy bluegrass.

About Hot Buttered Rum: 


Hot Buttered Rum lives for songs.

Songs to sing in the shower.

Songs to crank through your earbuds at the DMV.

Songs to make more babies to– and name your babies after.

The band’s three songwriters — Nat Keefe, Erik Yates and Aaron Redner — spin tales about good times, bad times, and the spaces in between, belting them from the heart in three-part harmony. Bryan Horne’s athletic standup bass and Lucas Carlton’s tasteful percussion combine with the acoustic instruments to create what is California’s own brand of acoustic music.

Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time: the group’s onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live HBR show. A mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys leave their front doors in northern California to entertain crowds from Anchorage to Miami.

Hot Buttered Rum’s years of touring have given the band the chance to work and play with a wide cross-section of musicians, among them Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, and Robert Earl Keen.

Seasoned veteran Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), acoustic guru Mike Marshall, and left-coast rocker Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm) have all produced studio albums for the band, each guiding HBR towards the next step in its evolution.

The Hot Butter Rum sound is as tough to describe as it is easy to love, but however you define it, the group’s music has found its way to the most prestigious pop, folk, and bluegrass stages in the country: Telluride, Newport, Bonnaroo, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly, Kate Wolf, Horning’s Hideout, String Summit, Grey Fox, All Good, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and  more.

At the center of Hot Buttered Rum is the enduring camaraderie of five best friends. The band was conceived on a backpacking trip by high school and college buddies in the High Sierra. What was dreamed up on mountaintops and around campfires has found its way into the hearts and minds of thousands of fans.

Sample Hot Buttered Rum here:

About Head for the Hills: 


Quintessential Colorado band Head for the Hills has a simple, but continuing dilemma: how to describe its sound.

Among the top contenders are catchy turns-of-phrase like “post-bluegrass,” “progressive string music,” “modern acoustic noir,” and “bluegrass bricolage.” “On top of modern string music,” (Bluegrass Today), “Cutting edge,” (Drew Emmitt) or “Best in Colorado Bluegrass” (Westword Showcase Readers Poll)—phrases such as those are on the list too.

But strip away the artful descriptors and you have a forward thinking band of (mostly)acoustic musicians drawing on eclectic influences, tastes, and styles.

Head for the Hills did not grow up immersed in bluegrass music, but came to the genre later in life, with each other. The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk stitched together in fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music.

Head for the Hills has worked with iconic musicians including David Grisman, Sam Bush, The Flaming Lips, Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, Little Feat, Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Punch Brothers, Doc Watson, and Railroad Earth, most of whom are part of the Planet Bluegrass family.

Since 2004, Head for the Hills — Adam Kinghorn on guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins — has been bringing its music, however you describe it, to audiences from South by Southwest to Telluride, where they group has performed (several times) at Telluride Bluegrass and the Sheridan Opera House.

Head for the Hills returns to town by popular demand.

The name “Head for the Hills” connotes hightailing it, running away. Yeah right. From the growing crowd of fans in hot pursuit. The group’s latest release is Blue Ruin, a strange brew of meta-fictional sea shanties, pop-infused new grass murder ballad, urbane lyricism, twang and punch. Blue Ruin, fuses bluegrass, jazz, hip-hop and indie rock into songs inspired by love and misery – and comic books.

Get a taste of Blue Ruin here.


No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.