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Classic Hot Rize with Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers

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Vintage 1987 Classic Hot Rize DVD! This is a new DVD by the legendary bluegrass band, Hot Rize, featuring Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers. The DVD captures a stellar 1987 performance of the band at its best. The program was a "Lonesome Pine Special" for KET-TV, recorded live at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 28, 1987. The DVD includes 19 musical cuts plus interviews, and features the classic Hot Rize with Tim O Brien, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, and the late Charles Sawtelle. Forster, Wernick, and O Brien have gone on to many successful endeavors since the group disbanded in 1990, but they periodically reunite for Hot Rize shows nationwide. With impeccable musicianship, the band performs their signature bluegrass sound on tunes like Blue Night, Radio Boogie, Just Like You, and Won t You Come and Sing For Me. Mid-show, they leave the stage to their back-of-the-bus traveling companions, Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers, who step lively through old electric numbers like Deep Water, Pistol Packin Mama, and the tour-de-force, Red Remembers the 60s (in His Own Style). Hot Rize reclaims the stage with hot instrumental finales of Shady Grove and Wheel Hoss.

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The magic that was a Hot Rize show is brilliantly captured in this DVD... Heck, we'd buy it just for the classic set-within-a-set by Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers...These guys were consummate entertainers, not just four hot licks pickers. --John Lehndorff, Rocky Mountain News and Scripps-Howard

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien, Pete Wernick, Charles Sawtelle
  • Directors: Hot Rize
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Kentucky Center for the Arts--KET
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KF0WJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Val W. Muylle on November 9, 2011
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Music: B+
These guys were great musicians! The musical performance make up for the lack of funny stuff. This for me this is worth the price of the DVD.

Comedy: D
The "Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers" comedy is really not there. 'Red Remembers the 60s' is even lackluster. There is no funny choreography at all as we see on the Austin City Limits performance earlier that year. Very disappointing. The funniest part is Slade doing a bass solo in a song by just thumbing between the A and E strings.

Video Quality: C-
It is washed out color-wise. I was a little surprised considering this is an official release.

The Hot Rize songs are all great as well as the little talking parts in between. That makes it not regretting this purchase.
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Tim O'Brien and Hot Rize (named like many old country bands, after a flour company) are virtuosos of classic bluegrass. A great bonus on this DVD is a performance by Hot Rize's intelligently-tongue-in-cheek alter egos "Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers," who manage to simultaneously celebrate and poke fun at classic country music. What a hoot when "Red" (Tim O'Brien) tells an interviewer that some day he hopes to have a Bluegrass group traveling in his bus, instead of having to travel around in the shadows of Hot Rize. This is what bluegrass is supposed to sound like, and the humor of Red Knuckles & the boys rounds out a great package.
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By Bobby L on February 8, 2008
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I always kind of liked Hot Rize but after seeing this DVD I now LOVE Hot Rize. It is really good. I never understood what Red Knuckles was but that part of the DVD was great. I highly recommend this to any bluegrass or music lover. Real good!
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This DVD brought back some very good memories of seeing there show in Ballard, WA. What great musicians they are and good showmen. This is now a favorite in my collection.
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