The new tracks were produced by singer/songwriter Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips, Skinny Singers), who has also produced The Traditionist, Little Wings and Jackie Greene, at Mission Bells Studios in San Francisco. David Simon Baker (Jack Johnson, E40, ALO) was the engineer on the project.
Limbs Akimbo features Hot Buttered Rum's Bryan Horne on bass; Nat Keefe on guitar; Aaron Redner on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Erik Yates on banjo, guitar, vocals and woodwinds; and newest member Matt Butler on drums. Special guests include Jackie Greene on keyboards and Zach Gill (Jack Johnson, ALO) on vocals.
Dreamed up during a round of hot buttered rum at a campfire in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, Hot Buttered Rum's original sound focused on acoustic strings and vocals. Now, with the addition of Butler on drums, the band is heading in a new direction, one that takes them closer to fiddle-accented acoustic rock. With the new higher energy sound and the strong, unique songwriting of Keefe, Redner and Yates, this change of pace marks Hot Buttered Rum as a band that appeals to fans of many ages and musical tastes.
Bluhm comments, "These guys have been playing music together for a long time … many hundreds of shows. They are in a unique place because with the addition of a drummer they are looking to re-invent themselves as a musical entity while still retaining the appeal that they have to their loyal fan base. They have found that the drums give all of them way more options, way more space to work in. The fiddle, the flute, the banjo...these all have textures that you don't hear so much in rock music."
Hot Buttered Rum's last release, Live in the Northeast, chronicled their 2006 northeastern American tour. The band continues to tour the country in early support of Limbs Akimbo.
The itinerary is as follows with all dates subject to change:
Wed. June 17 State Theatre Falls Church, VA 10:00 PM
Thurs. June 18 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ TBA
Fri. June 19 Eight by Ten Club Baltimore, MD 10:30 PM
Sat. June 20 Church of Universal Love & Music Acme, PA TBA
Sat. June 27 Gathering Before The Light Fest Tidewater, OR 12:30 AM
Sat. July 4 Marin County Fair San Rafael, CA, 3 PM & 5 PM
Sun. July 5 Mountain Sage Groveland, CA 5:00 PM
Wed. July 8 Owsley's Denver, CO 9:00 PM
Thurs. July 9 Ghost Ranch Saloon Steamboat Springs, CO, 9 PM
Fri. July 10 Mishawaka Amphitheater Bellvue, CO, 10 PM
Sun. July 12 E-TOWN/Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
Wed. July 15 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA 10:15 PM
Thurs. July 16 The Mint Los Angeles, CA 9:00 PM
Fri. July 17 BriXton Redondo Beach, CA 7:00 PM
Sat. July 18 Coach House/ SJC San Juan Capistrano, CA 8:00 PM
Sun. July 19 SOhO Santa Barbara, CA 9:15 PM
Sat. July 25 Oregon Brewers Fest Portland, OR 6 PM
Sat. Aug. 1 Oriental Theatre Denver, CO 12:00 AM
Sat. Aug. 8 Dancin' In The Streets Denver, CO 2:00 PM
Thurs.Aug.13 & Fri.Aug14 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Fest Ozark, AR 7:30 PM/ 3 PM
Fri. Aug 21 Fat Fest Wabasha, MN 3:00 PM
Sat. Aug 29 IAMA Free Folk & Bluegrass Fest Salt Lake City, UT 8:00 PM
Sun. Aug 30 River City Roots Festival Missoula, MT 5:30 PM
Fri. Sept 4 Pig Out in the Park Spokane, WA, 8:15 PM
Sat. Sept 5 Centennial Amphitheater Moses Lake, WA, 8 PM
Thurs. Oct 8 Aggie Theater Fort Collins, CO 10 PM
Fri. Oct. 9 & Sat. Oct 10 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO 9 PM
Sat. Oct 24 Ramsey Auditorium Batavia, IL, 8 PM
Sun. Jan. 3 & Fri. Jan 8 Jam Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL