Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bluegrass Band Hot Rize Perform A Cowboy's Life For Roosevelt Island Tram Riders Over East River On Way To Manhattan - Did You Notice?

Boulder based Bluegrass band Hot Rize performed the song A Cowboy's Life from their new album When I'm Free for some nighttime passengers on the Roosevelt Island Tram

heading over the East River to Manhattan. According to The Bluegrass Situation:
For a band that's been around since 1978, Hot Rize shows no signs of letting up. In their new video, Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien, Pete Wernick, and Bryan Sutton take "A Cowboy's Life" high above New York City's East River, performing the tune from their latest album, When I'm Free, live on the Roosevelt Island gondola.

The team at Mason Jar Music conceived and crafted the project. According to Wernick, they told the band, “'We like the idea of doing the song 'A Cowboy's Life' from the latest record and shoot it on the tram that goes over the East River in New York City … at night.' When I first heard that, I thought, 'That is so weird.' But we gave it a shot.”

Wernick continues, “It was quite interesting to be in our suits and have our instruments out and get on a tram in New York City filled with unsuspecting people. Even though we were, at first, told we were not going to be able to do it, the video people talked the security guy into letting us have one shot at it. So we had the duration of a four-minute ride to fit in a song that's just under four minutes. So … we did it. We started right at the right time and, then, as the tram kept moving through the side of Manhattan heading over the East River, our job was to stay put and not fall over as the tram was moving and play the song, 'A Cowboy's Life.'”

A reader of The Bluegrass Situation noted:
And of course the New York commuters on the tram have to pretend they don't even notice 4 super cool bluegrass musicians performing among them. Classic.
Were you one of the Tram Riders during the Hot Rize performance?

More information on Hot Rize and Brooklyn based Mason Jar Music at their web sites.