Beloved Bay Area newgrass outfit Hot Buttered Rum get back to their string-band roots on The Kite & The Key: Part 2. The new EP (out February 5) is a tribute to bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley, who graced our stage in 2015 with an unforgettable performance.
“Ralph Stanley is an inspiration to me on so many levels," says guitarist and vocalist Nat Keefe. "My dad has a dozen of his albums on vinyl and I grew up listening to these on Sunday mornings, his lonesome mountain tones contrasting with my warm suburban Californian childhood. Out of all the bluegrass music founding fathers, his is the sound that makes my hair stand up on end. There’s the driving groove, and the soulful, tuneful way the songs are put together. It was a pleasure to have to listen though hundreds of Stanley tunes and a struggle to decide which to record with HBR."