Hotwire

Hotwire

 Council, Idaho, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Hotwire features an ear-grabbing mix of bluegrass, country and more, delivered with a hard driving energy that we call "high-voltage bluegrass." Our sound features solid three and four part harmonies and hot instrumental solos on guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.

Biography

Hotwire was formed in 2005 by selecting some of the best musicians in central Idaho. We play and eclectic mix of newgrass, old-style bluegrass, country, folk and acoustic genres that are hard to pin down.

The band is composed of four veteran performers:

Dave Hunt is a two-time Utah State flat-picking champion on both guitar and mandolin. He has placed 2nd on fiddle. Dave’s uncanny ability to duplicate complex Doc Watson licks on guitar is a showstopper. His pleasant tenor voice occasionally takes the lead, and provides the foundation for Hotwire’s harmonies.

Hotwire's lead singer, Dale Fisk, toured the western U.S. with a country-rock band in the 1970s. He plays guitar and mandolin. He has placed 3rd In Idaho’s Old Time Fiddler’s flat-picking competition on mandolin. His clear voice has the versatility to range from a high lonesome sound reminiscent of Vince Gill all the way down to more resonant tones of singers like Johnny Cash.

Dennis Maggard plays banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. He has taken first place in Idaho’s Old Time Fiddler’s state flat-picking competition on guitar. Dennis’s deep bass voice gives Hotwire’s occasional four-part harmonies its rich tone.

For the past eight years Helen Smith has played bluegrass bass in the states of Idaho, Washington and Montana. She provides that rhythmic glue that binds a bluegrass band together. She also plays guitar and provides the high harmonies that give Hotwire its clear, resonant vocal blend.

Everybody sings harmony.

Lyrics

Runnin' Back to Idaho

Written By: Dale Fisk

WE WERE ALMOST OUT OF OREGON,
RIDIN' EAST OUT OF LaGRANDE
RUNNIN’ FAST AND LOOKIN' BACK THE WAY WE CAME
WE THOUGHT WE'D PULLED A GOOD ONE,
'CAUSE IT WENT THE WAY WE PLANNED
'TILL I FOUND OUT SOME DAMNED FARMER KNEW MY NAME
SO WE CUT THE WIRE TO BAKER, AND WE HEADED FOR THE SNAKE
LOADED DOWN WITH EVERY PENNY WE COULD TAKE

RUNNIN' BACK TO IDAHO, RUNNIN' FROM THE SEEDS WE'VE SOWN
BACK TO IDAHO, IT'S THE ONLY LIFE WE'VE KNOWN
PICKIN' GOLD FROM RICH MEN'S POCKETS TO SPEND IT FOR OUR OWN
MAKIN' TRACKS, RUNNIN' BACK TO IDAHO

OUR HORSES THEY WERE GOOD ONES, AND THEY DID NOT LET US DOWN
GOT US SAFE ACROSS THOSE MOUNTAINS WITH OUR LOAD
FOUND THE RIVER AT HELLS CANYON, IT WAS RUNNIN' HIGH AND BROWN
AND ACROSS IT WAS THE END OF OUR LONG ROAD
WE HAD TO CROSS THAT RIVER WEIGHTED DOWN WITH SINS OF GOLD
HAD TO MAKE IT HOME AGAIN TO IDAHO

CHORUS

WE STARTED 'CROSS THAT WATER, BUT THE HORSES SANK HALFWAY
SO WE SWAM THE OUTLAW RIVER ON OUR OWN
'THO WE ALL GOT TO THE BANK ALIVE, OUR GOLD WAS SWEPT AWAY
NOW WE'RE BROKE AND EMPTY-HANDED HEADED HOME
WE CUT THE WIRE TO BAKER, AND WE HEADED FOR THE SNAKE
LOADED DOWN WITH EVERY PENNY WE COULD TAKE

CHORUS

Discography

"Hotwire Live" featuring Pat Massie on Dobro

Set List

ALABAMA JUBILEE
BEAUTY OF MY DREAMS
BLUE NIGHT
BLUE RIDGE CABIN HOME
BYE BYE BLUES
CAN’T STOP NOW
COAL TATTOO
COLD WIND (Original by Dale)
COLD SHEETS OF RAIN
COLLEEN MALONE
DIXIE HOEDOWN
FOR BOBBY
GOLD RUSH
I WONDER WHERE YOU ARE TONIGHT
I THOUGHT I HEARD YOU CALLING MY NAME
JAMBALAYA
LAST TRAIN TO KITTY HAWK
LESS & LESS
LIKE I USED TO DO
LIMEROCK
MANDOLIN MELTDOWN
MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW
NELLY KANE
NIGHTRIDER’S LAMENT
NINE POUND HAMMER
NO LONGER A SWEETHEART OF MINE
PARADISE
PIG IN A PEN
RAININ’ THE BLUES
RUNNIN BACK TO IDAHO (original by Dale)
SHARP DRESSED MAN (ZZ Top)
SILVER DEW ON THE BLUEGRASS
SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD
STEEL GUITAR RAG
SWING LOW
TEQUILA SUNRISE (Eagles)
THINK OF WHAT YOU’VE DONE
UNCLE PEN
WALK THE WAY THE WIND BLOWS
WAY DOWN TOWN
WHITE FREIGHTLINER