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The Hot Seats / Press

“They cover as many song topics as they do musical styles and swap instruments as nonchalantly as they cruise from homespun homilies to Hungarian dance tunes to (what) might best be described as avant-grass. Seldom have serious musicianship and serious derangement met in such pleasing circumstances.”

“People, I implore you: get ye to the Hot Seats . . . wildly inventive . . . frighteningly proficient. Tunes that'll make it seem just dandy that you've only got three pence to your name and you've been stewing in booze the past three weeks. 5/5 Stars”

“The band is an explosive concoction of old time music engrossed in the present”

Bootleg Magazine

“(The Hot Seats) seem determined to keep jug band and skiffle music alive, with humor, energy, and real chops.”

Banjo Newsletter

“Slightly disturbing dada-esque Va.-based string band that’s one part Beefheart freakout and two parts trad jug-band.”

Connect Savannah

“The Hot Seats specializes in unearthing and inventing traditional music and twisting it into new concoctions. Full of virtuosity and reverent irreverence, they are a sight to behold.”

Relix Magazine

“BLUEGRASS, old-time, skiffle, jug band … stir them up vigorously, throwing in elements of zany vaudeville , add some unpredictable tics, then stand back and watch The Hot Seats go.”

The Edinburgh Scotsman

“Virginian quintet (The Hot Seats) thrive on diversity . . . The action is virtually non-stop, the musicianship superb, with fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar coalescing with humour and speed and powered by a communally owned and played double-bass, drums and washboard.”

Glasgow Herald