Charles Sawtelle Mountain Jam


Gold Hill Inn hosts annual KGNU radio fundraiser that honors Charles Sawtelle

:: Charles Sawtelle Mountain Jam ::
:: A Benefit for KGNU Radio ::
:: Gold Hill Inn :: July 24 :: ( 11:30 - 4:30 pm) ::

By Melissa Babion & Andrea Wojcik

Charles Sawtelle was best known as a member of Boulder’s seminal bluegrass superstars Hot Rize. After forming in 1978, Hot Rize became one of America’s best-known bluegrass bands. They recorded numerous albums, including the Grammy-nominated Take it Home in 1990. The group toured the world together until they semi-retired in 1990.

When the original lineup of Hot Rize disbanded in 1990, Charles joined forces with Peter Rowan, and also formed his own band, The Whippets. He recorded and toured with various groups in the U.S. and overseas and also produced records by a variety of different bluegrass and folk artists.

Sawtelle passed away in 1999 of lukemia, at the age of 52.

The hole that Sawtelle’s passing left in the community has yet to be refilled, and likely never will be, but each year, KGNU honors Sawtelle with the Mountain Jam, and utilizes the event as a fund raiser for the station.

This year’s performers include:

:: Tim O’Brien ::

Tim O’ Brien, former Hot Rize member and Americana musician extraordinaire, will be playing at the mountain jam that honors his Hot Rize bandmate.

Over the course of his lifelong music career, O’Brien has delved into and mastered many genres that form the basis of Americana music: bluegrass, folk, jazz, country, swing, Appalachian, and Celtic. He has long been hailed for adding his own revitalizing flair to old-time music. Even listeners unfamiliar with Americana will appreciate O’Brien’s seasoned musicianship and enticing high-lonesome sound.

:: Romano Paoletti ::

Although his first and only CD — Story of a Lifetime — was released in 2009, Romano Paoletti has been performing for the majority of his life. His grandfather, Ragtime Hall of Fame inductee “Ragtime” Bob Darch, taught Paoletti the art of entertaining while his mother, Norma Jean, schooled him in voice. Paoletti offers a warm voice to effortlessly accompany his stories told through words, strums and plucks. The singer/songwriter dabbles in a variety of genres from soothing acoustic numbers to country, honky-tonk and rock material.

::Open Road::

Open Road may call the tiny burg of Lyons home, but their sound is anything but small.

Playing single-mic style traditional bluegrass, the band takes the genre’s traditions seriously, from their ties and Stetsons, to their ferocious picking and soaring harmonies.

The band monopolized the best bluegrass band category in Westword for several years, and fellow musicians have applauded them for keeping such a traditional take present in their music, while creating new material.


:: Charles Sawtelle Mountain Jam ::

:: A Benefit for KGNU Radio ::

:: Gold Hill Inn :: July 24 :: ( 11:30 – 4:30 pm) ::

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