The Mateel will be opening up the hall and the back 40 to make room for vendors, a kid zone, Butch the mechanical bull, jamming opportunities and everyone’s favorites, chicken poop bingo and a good old-fashioned cake walk.
It all came together for Hot Buttered Rum when the five friends, with small portable versions of their instruments in tow, went on a month-long back-packing trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains back in the early 2001. Initially formed as an acoustic string band, their years of near constant touring has transformed the band into a plugged-in, percussive powerhouse that wows critics and fans alike.
The band members include Aaron Redner (fiddle and mandolin), Brian Horne (upright bass), Nat Keefe, (guitar) and Eric Yates (banjo, guitar, woodwinds, and resophonic guitar) and the former Everyone Orchestra conductor and drummer, Matt Butler who joined the band after the departure of Zac Matthews, a mandolinist, a few years back.
Their left-coast rock reveals an access to jazz, country and world music that few groups can match. The high altitude bluegrass era captured on their first album, In These Parts, found the band enjoying success at such diverse stages as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Along the way the group has shared the stage with some of today’s most accomplished artists including Phil Lesh, Bele Fleck, Ben Harper and Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile.
Since that time, there’s been five more albums. Their 2010 album, Limbs Akimbo, marked the arrival of a very well-honed, impressively listenable, rocking, pop-infused sound. Live in the Sierras, their 2012 tour album, continues that impressive balance as a bluegrass-rooted, left-coast, drum-driven, pop-rock band that wows audiences at every turn.
Lacy J. Dalton, who People Magazine called “country music’s Bonnie Raitt” has been cranking out hits for some 30 years. Her hit records are legendary including Hard Times; Crazy Blue Eyes; Hillbilly Girl With the Blues; Takin’ It Easy; Everybody Makes Mistakes; the worldwide hit, Black Coffee and her signature song, 16th Avenue, the anthem for Nashville songwriters which was voted one of country’s top 100 songs ever by Billboard Magazine. Humboldt Hills Hoedown is jazzed to welcome one of country music’s female icons, Lacy J. Dalton.
Hoedown will also feature a slew of other great local, regional, and world-renowned performers on two stages including: Dead Winter Carpenters; Hillstomp; Eric Cornforth & The Hicktown Homeboys, featuring Grand Ole Opry fiddle master Blaine Sprouse; Aaran Harris & The Farm Band; The Rusty String Express; Three Times Bad; Rooster McClintock; Striped Pig String Band; La Patina Band; and Way Out West.
So c’mon down to the Mateel Community Center for the 9th annual Humboldt Hills Hoedown on Saturday, Sept. 28 from noon to midnight. Tickets available at local outlets and online at Mateel.org, for $28 in advance and $30 at the door.
PHOTO BY DAVE FLEISHMAN
Hot Buttered Rum will play at the Hoedown