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Hot Buttered Rum - Well Oiled Machine

Well Oiled Machine

Hot Buttered Rum


A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

There's a definite back porch vibe to this disc. Five guys jamming for themselves and their lucky family, friends and neighbors. Not worried much by pundits and critics, just jamming to keep the spirits high and the blues away.

Easy going traditional with a slight Celtic twist is the order of the day for Hot Buttered Rum, whose strong environmental stance has resulted in a tour bus fueled by recycled vegetable oil and the title track of this, their second studio disc. Produced by Mike Marshall the players of HBR - Bryan Horne - bass, vocals, Nat Keefe - guitars, vocals, Zac Matthews - mandolin, fiddle, vocals, Aaron Redner - fiddle, mandolin, vocals and Erik Yates - banjo, flutes, accordion, vocals keep the music low key and filled with California sunshine. Highlight tracks include Firefly, Poison Oak, Waiting For a Squall and the title track. Peter Rowan also makes a cameo.

To try and speculate where HBR fall into the grand scheme of musical things is an empty exercise. Wherever they are, or land, they're confident playing their music for us folks. Oh, that we were all so comfortable in our own skins.

Track List:

  • Firefly
  • Guns or Butter
  • Idaho Pines
  • Poison Oak
  • Watherpocket Fold
  • Always Be The Moon
  • Well-Oiled Machine
  • Waiting For A Squall
  • Butch and Peggy
  • Sweet Honey Fountain
  • Wedding Day
Produced by Mike Marshall

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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