Hot Rize

Bringing respect for tradition and progressive elements to the bluegrass genre, the eclectic Colorado band went on to a long and storied career.

Named after the secret leavening ingredient in Martha White Self-Rising Flour—a longtime sponsor of bluegrass music—Hot Rize debuted in 1978. Balancing innovation with reverence for the roots of bluegrass, the four members gained renown for a stage show featuring their ill-concealed Western Swing alter egos, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, who lovingly parodied ’50s country music. Hot Rize enhanced its legacy in Americana music by embarking on several world tours, winning the first-ever International Bluegrass Music Association award for Entertainer of the Year and receiving 4-star album reviews in Rolling Stone.