Tony K. writes:

I am a huge Hot Rize fan and had the good fortune of seeing you guys three times at the Ryman Auditorium in 1996 and 1997. They were the best shows I have ever seen. You took me and my cousin backstage to get our posters autographed at the ’97 show and we will never forget that. Thanks a lot. I am really looking forward to the new live Hot Rize album. I miss seeing you all at the Ryman. Charles Sawtelle’s passing was so unfortunate. He was awesome. Do the remaining three of you get together for shows any? I hope to see you all again someday. I will sign off by saying thanks for all the wonderful music that you create.

Hello Tony,

Thanks for the nice message. As you might have noted on the web site, the new Hot Rize live CD is due out hopefully in September. It’s good stuff and will make a very nice record and memento of the way we were on stage. Tim and Nick and I got together for some Charles memorial concerts in ‘99 after he died, with help from Peter Rowan and once from Jeff White. Last year we even did a private party with Ronnie McCoury on guitar. In each case it worked, and was enjoyable and sounded a lot like the way we’ve sounded in the past. Of course, there’ll never be another Charles, but there are still the 3 of us, who can recreate the sound in a satisfying way. Maybe once the new record is out we’ll think about booking some more shows. We’ll see. Thanks for asking.

Pete Wernick