NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Charles Sawtelle, a musician known as
``The Bluegrass Mystery,'' died Saturday from complications related to
bone marrow transplant as part of his battle with leukemia. He was 52.
Sawtelle was a founding member of the bluegrass group Hot Rize. He
played guitar, bass guitar and sang with Pete Wernick, Tim O'Brien and
The four also played together as a hardcore-country band, Red
Knuckles and the Trail Blazers, in which Sawtelle played a character
Founded in 1978, Hot Rize played together until 1990.
After the band split up, Sawtelle organized a Colorado bluegrass band,
Charles Sawtelle and The Whippets, and he recorded and toured with
fellow bluegrass musician Peter Rowan.
Sawtelle started his career playing steel guitar, joining the Drifting
Ramblers in early 1976.