Moes Alley Santa Cruz Nightclub
Hot Buttered Rum + Kyle Hollingsworth Band
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Thursday, May 3rd
A Very Special Double Bill
9:00 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $25, day of tickets available after 4pm at Moe's or by calling 831 479-1854

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Moe's Alley proudly presents a very special double bill with HOT BUTTERED RUM & KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH BAND.


“Few things rejuvenate the soul like a warm fireside drink after an exhausting day in the snow. Hot Buttered Rum has that effect. Their original songs are instantly familiar and inviting.”

 –San Francisco Chronicle

“As the band’s evolved, it has kept those [bluegrass] roots, but also incorporated the progressiveness of bands like Strength in Numbers and New Grass Revival, the looseness of a jam band like Phish, and the rock-and-roll edge of an acoustic band that opts to ad a drummer.”

 –No Depression

“Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity.”


Evolution is an overused term in the music game, and doubly so in the corners of it frequented by groups like Hot Buttered Rum, those drawn to marry bluegrass and Americana with rock, swing and beyond in whatever proportion serves the song at hand. Evolving is what these musical matchmakers have always done, though, and it’s what they continue to do with their newest three-part album, The Kite & the Key.

Each panel of their tryptic paints a different way of making American music that Hot Buttered Rum loves, and each was shaded with the help of a different producer. Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone took the first crack at the band’s extensive song list (guitarist Nat Keefe and multi-instrumentalist Erik Yates always have an ample backlog). He chose the six most introspective cuts, curating a songwriter’s showcase that also made plenty of room for Bryan Horne (bass) and Zebulon Bowles (fiddle) to help bring the songs to life. Legendary dobroist Sally van Meter came in two months later to produce a sextet of songs from the Ralph Stanley canon. “Playing Stanley-style bluegrass off the record is incredibly tough, hero’s work, really, and Sally’s a hard hero to please,” Yates quipped. “After she kicked our bluegrass butts, though, she went away smiling. I’ll always be proud of that.” In true HBR fashion, the band then took a left turn and dove into a third EP with keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth, who left his Wurlitzer plugged in throughout the tracking for on-the-fly arrangement and improvisatory ideas. “It made perfect sense that way,” Bowles reflected, “since he thinks so well through his instrument. Why talk about an idea when you can play it?” Drummer & mandolinist James Stafford, the band’s newest member, was thrown into the fire as a guest artist on the session and has been a rooted, driving presence in the band ever since.

With new music in their bellies and more simmering on the stove, the quintet’s ready to keep doing what it’s always done: entertain audiences through their headphones, their car stereos, their laptop speakers and, most importantly, at their local music venues. HBR’s 16 years of touring have given the band the chance to play for all kinds of audiences, everywhere from the divey-est bars to the most prestigious pop, folk, and bluegrass stages in the country: Telluride, Newport, Bonnaroo, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly, Kate Wolf, Horning’s Hideout, String Summit, Grey Fox, Merlefest, High Sierra, and many more. Seasoned veteran Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), acoustic guru Mike Marshall, and left-coast rocker Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips) have all produced studio albums for the group. Every show played and every record made has pushed HBR towards the next step in its evolution, and towards a sound that’s tough to describe and easy to love. What began as the pipe dream of high school and college buddies, cooked up around campfires in the High Sierra, has found its way into the ears and hearts of fans across the country. What’s next for these five? There’s only one way to find out – catch ’em at the next show. Like the Stanley Brothers used to sing, back when bluegrass music was too new to be named, “you know I’d like to see you, at my door you’re welcome in.” Come on in and make yourself at home.


Thirty years ago, Kyle Hollingsworth set out on a career in music. Since then, with a wealth of desire and an abundance of ability, Hollingsworth has established himself as a formidable and versatile music talent, with the ability to contribute, collaborate, compose, and communicate on a number of levels and within a vast spectrum of musical environments. Today, as a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in SCI has allowed him unrestricted access to the world of music, and has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres. Those who’ve seen SCI know that they can jerk from funk to bluegrass on a chord change. “In the jam world, where there are no set ways of doing things, we’re not afraid to move in and out of genres,” he says, “and because of that I’ve learned to be creative, not only onstage but in the studio. I can get on board with something pretty quickly. You have to.”

While his versatility and quick-study nature have become his signature skills with SCI, they have also proved tremendously helpful on stage during collaborations with a bunch of major acts, including Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby, Bob Weir, Little Feat, and banjo master Bela Fleck. One summer he toured with Phil Lesh in a band that also included Steve Kimock, John Molo, and Warren Haynes. In the summer of 2008 he spent the summer touring with the Mickey Hart Band. This group featured Mickey Hart,George Porter,steve kimock and many others. In another amazing highlight, Kyle also toured with Mike Clark in a band that starred nearly all the original Head Hunters.

These gigs prove that Hollingsworth is as unafraid to step out of the limelight as he is to step into it. “When I play with these performers it’s about showcasing them, to support the main role in the best possible way. Seasoned musicians can be tasty and laid back, too!” Kyle’s first solo album release in 2004 reflected his jazz tastes. Titled Never Odd or Even, Joshua Redman and Robert Randolph guested, among others. Never or Odd or Even was the recording Hollingsworth had always wanted to make since he was a kid. In addition to his jazz influences, the album’s music demonstrates Kyle’s ability to seamlessly fuse genres.

His recent release, titled The There’s Now, finds the musician coming in to his own. With solid song material and a slamming new band, Kyle is making his mark in the new, always-evolving music scene. Then There’s Now delivers a blend of vocal and instrumental tunes and seamlessly displays his growth as a musician and as a songwriter. 


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