Hot Buttered Rum
March 10, 2007
Rolling into Covington, Kentucky's Madison Theater inside their "Well Oiled Machine" on March 10, California's Hot Buttered Rum put on a bluesy two set jamgrass extravaganza. Starting with "Swing and Sway" and "Poison Oak," HBR proved to be a deceptively interactive and road tightened musical unit.
Bryan Horne's standup bass playing anchored the group's fusion as they flowed into a cover of The Beatles' "When I'm 64." Aaron Redner added slicing electric violin flourishes along with Zac Matthews' fluid mandolin playing to end the first set with "Green Drop."
The second set started with a soaring run through of "Evolution > Molly Put the Kettle On > Evolution," showcasing Eric Yates' circular banjo riffing and Nat Keefe's grounded acoustic guitar lines. The band intricately worked in saucy takes on "Honky Tonk Tequila" and "Homeless Man Blues" before rendering a faithful bluegrass version of the ending of Pink Floyd's landmark album Dark Side of the Moon on "Brain Damage- Eclipse."
Bouncing completely in the opposite direction, Hot Buttered Rum had more than a few in the audience scratching their heads with a cover of Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing." But, it was all in good spirit, and Hot Buttered Rum sent the Madison Theater's denizens home grinning ear to ear by encoring with an earthy, swirling improvisational slant around The Band's "The Weight" on March 10 in Covington, KY.
Set 1: Roll River Roll, Swing and Sway, Poison Oak, When I'm 64, Backrooms of My Mind, Spider, Amanda Lynn, Pay Your Dues, Lochs of Dread, Green Drop
Set 2: Evolution- Molly Put the Kettle On- Evolution- Angeline the Baker- Cindy, Honky Tonk Tequila, Coal-Mining Woman, Right Between Your Eyes, Rebecca, Queen Elizabeth, Homeless Man Blues, Brain Damage- Eclipse- Silas, Honey Be, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Encore: The Weight, California King, Birds and the Bees