..till we meet here again, or above

The band’s first LP, recorded in a single afternoon in the winter of 1974, is a collection of 16 oldtime songs, rags and fiddle tunes. The following quotes are from original reviews: “Fans take notice, for here is a beautiful recording by a trio of young Ohioans who are dedicated to the idea that old-time music is a valid, living music… performed with an exquisite sense of taste, timing, intelligence and appropriateness.” Bluegrass... (more...)

Stone Mountain Wobble

Also recorded in 1974, the band’s second LP focused on the ragtime music of 1920s & 30s stringbands. The following quotes are taken from original reviews: “Here’s a thorough delight… the music is crisply played with a wit that enlivens tradition… a pleasure in its material, musicianship and spirit.” Tom Teepen – Dayton Daily News “… an album that is true to the letter and spirit of the ‘teens and ‘twenties.... (more...)

buckeyes in the briar patch

This 1975 recording, the band’s third, took them deep into the world of traditional Bluegrass Music. “Their trio singing is as pretty and distinctive as you’ll hear. Its indispensable element is Suzanne Edmundson’s sturdy, resonant tenor… an old-time heart singer in the Molly O’Day and Wilma Lee Cooper tradition… The Hotmuds are well on their way to matching their choice of songs with worthy performances.” Bluegrass... (more...)

Years In The Making

After a three year hiatus from recording, the band’s fourth and final Vetco LP was released in 1978. “I’ll vote at least two prize ribbons to the Hotmud Family on this, their latest LP. I don’t know of any band that can do such a superb job spanning that sometimes large chasm between Appalachian old-time and bluegrass, and still maintain the traditional integrity of each… the versatility of the musicians is apparent… the... (more...)

About us

The story of the Hotmud Family began in the late 1960s when three young musicians—Suzanne Thomas, Rick Good and Dave Edmundson—from Dayton, Ohio, began searching out and learning from old records by such pre-World War II country artists as the Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, Jimmie Rodgers, the Delmore Brothers and the Skillet Lickers. Inspired by the New Lost City Ramblers, Suzanne, Rick and Dave joined forces for nearly fourteen years to tour, play and record the old-time country music they loved. Documenting an especially fertile five-year period (1974-1978) during which the Hotmud Family recorded some of the freshest and most creative traditional country music of their era, these recordings sound even better now than when they were brand new.