Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum, one of the hardest-working and fastest-rising stars in the musical firmament, has become, over the last five years, a group that is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. It began with a core of five uniquely talented musicians, writing and singing songs on the mountaintops and city streets of Northern California; five musicians who, on the night they realized they loved playing together too much to ever stop, were sipping a warm buttery drink from which the group derived its name. Since that fateful night, the organization has steadily expanded to include a rich tapestry of fans, friends, and family, reaching from coast to coast.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, the band melds blues, folk, bluegrass, jazz, and rock, and the members' varying degrees of classical training lead them to invest heavily in group composition. The widespread appeal of HBR's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together. It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success.

Alma Desnuda

Alma Desnuda (Spanish for "Naked Soul") from the San Francisco Bay Area, is best known for their captivating harmonies, rhythmic grooves, and inspiring lyrics. Often described as California Acoustic Soul (a mix between Jack Johnson, Sublime and the Beatles), they were recently voted by the public as "Best Live Act 2011" (Slim's SF). Grammy-winning recording artist and producer David Pack attribut
es the band's success to their "natural-born stage charisma, whom like Dave Matthews Band, are an authentically gifted live act that have managed to capture lightening in a bottle."

Following their award-winning debut album Middleway, the internationally-touring band's sophomore release Riders has already won songwriting competitions like John Lennon Contest and has also generated spotlights from press and radio, including the title of "Top 5 to Watch in 2012" (Diablo Magazine).

Speaking on their collaborations with various non-profits, KFOG DJ Renee Richardson applauds the band's commitment to community outreach and says the band "appeals to the highest ideals of the zeitgeist of global culture." Whether it's uniting the world through singles like "Life We Got" or simply living each day with a naked soul, these four brothers are carving out a destiny that's sure to take them to the top.



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