However, after the death of guitarist Charles Sawtelle, in 2002 Hot Rize was joined by award winning guitarist Bryan Sutton and the band began to once again play limited engagements.
O'Brien, who had already recorded several albums without Hot Rize, embarked on a solo career.
I know 200 songs now, and I figure if I keep learning more I should be all right." He eventually moved to Boulder, Colorado in the 1970s and became part of the music scene there.At the age of 12, he first heard a Bob Dylan record, played by his older sister Mollie, afterwards deciding to take up music.Throughout his teens, he taught himself to play guitar, violin, and mandolin.I wanted to do the whole spectrum of folk music from one guy singing and playing guitar or fiddle to a full band with electric guitar," O'Brien said.And that's how the pair (of albums) came out, like folk music bookends.
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To broaden their repertoire, the members of Hot Rize would often split their show with a set of classic and offbeat country and western music in the comic guise of Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers.The band would walk off stage, change clothes, and reappear as a different band (O'Brien assumed the mantle of "Red Knuckles"), with its own songs, fictional back story and odd costumes.Fiddler's Green tends toward the intimate and traditional, while Cornbread Nation is a bit funkier and tempo-driven. On both, however, old-time tunes sit comfortably next to originals and a few classic country songs by the likes of Jimmie Rodgers and Harlan Howard.Over the next twelve years, the quartet earned recognition as one of America's most innovative and entertaining bluegrass bands.
Never straying too far from a traditional sound, Hot Rize stood out with fresh harmony singing, Wernick's melodic banjo playing, and O'Brien's easy-going rhythmic drive.Aufgewachsen in einfachen Verhältnissen in Flensburg-Fruerlund, gründete er zusammen mit Florian Sump und drei weiteren Mitschülern in der Flensburger Kurt-Tucholsky-Schule die Band Echt, die 1998 ihr erstes, nach der Band benanntes Album herausbrachte.Mit dem Album Freischwimmer und besonders den Hits Du trägst keine Liebe in dir und Weinst Du? Erst für das kommerziell erfolglose Nachfolgealbum Recorder (erschienen 2001) schrieben die Musiker ausschließlich ihre eigenen Lieder.He has released more than ten studio albums, in addition to charting a duet with Kathy Mattea entitled "The Battle Hymn of Love", a No.9 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in 1990.