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Bay Area newgrass jam band Hot Buttered Rum have been described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments (the bandmembers themselves call what they do "high altitude California bluegrass"), and with musical influences ranging from blues, rock, and jazz to Celtic and old-time string band music from the Appalachians, the group could almost be termed bluegrass fusion. Hot Buttered Rum is one of the hardest-working and fastest-rising stars in the musical world, a postmodern string band from San Francisco that combines bluegrass, reggae, folk and jazz into a riveting blend of Americana.
There is more to a good jam band than jamming. And Hot Buttered Rum always hits the stage with a repertoire of well-crafted songs; even if a listener isn't a huge fan of improv or 'jam bands', they'll appreciate the craftsmanship that went in to the material this progressive bluegrass/country-rock outfit performs. 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 step on stage.
"Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity." –– Relix Magazine
Cabinet formed in 2006, bringing together players from various musical and personal backgrounds. Some of the members are barely old enough to drink legally, but their thirst for older music is unquenchable. Whether it's rustic "American Beauty"-era Grateful Dead or old-timey bluegrass, Cabinet has digested it all. But that is not to say that Cabinet recreates older styles. No, this is music that might have its roots in the past, but it is current and vibrant, with a sense of celebrating the now.