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Charles Sawtelle
Charles Sawtelle
Leukemia  Age 52
 March 20, 1999
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          NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Charles Sawtelle, a musician known as 
          ``The Bluegrass Mystery,'' died Saturday from complications related to a 
          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 
          Nick Forster.  

          The four also played together as a hardcore-country band, Red 
          Knuckles and the Trail Blazers, in which Sawtelle played a character 
          named Slade.  

          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.  
 

 
 
 
       
 

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 Hot Rize
The eclectic Colorado progressive bluegrass band Hot Rize also played traditional bluegrass, jazz, 
and rock. They came together in 1976 and were named after the secret ingredient of Martha White 
Self-Rising Flour, the product Flatt & Scruggs promoted early in their careers. The band members 
were Tim O'Brien on lead and harmony vocals, mandolin and fiddle; Pete Wernick on banjo and 
harmony vocals; and Charles Sawtelle on bass guitar, guitar, harmonies and lead vocals. Mike Scap 
departed in 1976 and was replaced by bass player, guitarist and vocalist Nick Forster, who also 
became the group's emcee. Hot Rize recorded its self-titled debut album, a blend of traditional and 
new material, in 1979. Their second album, Radio Boogie, came out in 1981. A year later, their alter ego Red Knuckles and the Trail Blazers, a parody of hardcore '50s country music, recorded their own album, Hot Rize Presents Red Knuckles and the Trail Blazers. In 1984, Hot Rize released a concert album largely comprised of traditional hits, and in 1985 released Traditional Ties.   In 1991 another Red Knuckles album, Shades of the Past, followed. Their final album, Take It  Home, came out in 1992; O'Brien and Wernick subsequently went on to pursue solo careers. -- Sandra Brennan, All-Music Guide
 
 
  
 
 

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