Pete Wernick Looks Back and Looks Ahead

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If you got into bluegrass in the 1970s, you probably first became aware of Pete Wernick as half of the twin banjo tag team (along with Tony Trischka) from the New York State band Country Cooking. Or maybe you bought one of the first copies of his best-selling instruction book “Bluegrass Banjo” from Oak Publications. (Remember those flexi-discs?) … Read More

Age Related Challenges

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Here I am, 71 as of Feb. 25, and still picking the five. The “new Granada” I got in 1988 is 29 years old this year — older than Earl’s was in the 40s and 50s — and sounding nice with a calfskin head I’ve had on it since fall.… Read More

Pickin’ Up The Pieces Flood Benefit

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Thanks everyone who joined Hot Rize and guests for a memorable night, raising ~ $40,000 for flood relief! Pete talks to Marquee Magazine about the benefit, the flood, and the next Hot Rize album:

Hot Rize and Wichita Lineman, Still on the Line

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Last month I was kinda busy during the time I’d usually prepare a column; Hot Rize’s “Berkeley to Berklee” tour, as we called it.… Read More

Rekindling the Hot Rize Fire; Bulletproofing Your Solos; Rhythm Machine vs. Metronome

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October 28 in Berkeley, California, Hot Rize will kick off its first tour in 12 years. The group’s full-time run was January, 1978–April, 1990. After disbanding, we’d reunite for a handful of gigs each year. … Read More

On the Rize

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Bryan Sutton, the guitarist many regard as the most gifted flatpicker in a generation, believes in practice, not destiny, but he also keeps a snapshot at home taken in 1989 that seemed to foretell his bluegrass future. “When I was fifteen, I went to my first festival in Denton, N.C. and I got to see Jim & Jesse in their cool suits,” Sutton said backstage at June’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival. “Hearing Hot Rize play live had a huge impact on me. All I wanted to do was sound like Hot Rize.”… Read More

Hot Rize for Public Consumption

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I am lucky to have had some neat opportunities in music these days. Along with three banjo camps and six or seven jam camps a year, I’ve gotten to perform with a number of cool groups in a variety of places (Ryman Auditorium and Carnegie Hall in just the last week, yow!). … Read More

From Old Grass to New Grass

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This article appeared on JamBase.com and includes in-depth interviews with Tim, Pete, and Nick.… Read More

Ten Repertoires

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This summer presents me some good challenges. Between late April and mid-July, I will have been on stage performing no less than ten different repertoires:… Read More

Breaking Out of the Intermediate Rut, and Learning to Play in D

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Gary from British Columbia asks some great and typical questions: First, I would like to thank you for all the encouragement you give new and developing pickers on your videos and website. I have been picking for 6 years, in an active bluegrass band for 2 years, and practicing daily for the last 14 months. … Read More

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