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“Wonderful. The guys were great! They were focused on all the right things during pre- planning, on time and then gave a great performance. They were a pleasure to work with!”
— Paul Chung (for corporate event at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts, San Antonio)
Hot Pickin 57s
Bluegrass, Classic Country, Texas Roots, Western Swing, Old time Rock n' Roll, Americana
We can play as a duo, trio or full 4-piece band for your corporate event, wedding, festival, house concert, rodeo or club. Let us know which works best for you. Fill out the short form below, or Text Us, Email Us or call us at 512-964-7236
Notable Venues Hot Pickin 57s Has Played
Conspirare Fundraiser (Grammy-award winning choir ensemble)
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (San Antonio)
Stubbs (Downtown Austin)
Texas Old Town (Kyle)
Ceres Park Ranch (Dripping Springs)
Camp Street Cafe (Crockett)
30th Annual Grapefest (Grapevine)
31st Annual Grapefest (Grapevine)
Bluebonnet Trails Festival (Ennis)
Grapevine Sunset Series
Texas Heritage Foundation House Concert (Johnson City)
Prospect House (Dripping Springs)
Clubs at Houston Oaks
Hilton Americas (Houston)
La Cantera (San Antonio)
Watch Hot Pickin 57s play a few songs
Hot Pickin 57s Bio
Hot Pickin 57s is a 4-piece acoustic band out of Austin playing standards and originals in bluegrass, classic country (Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, etc), Oldies Rock n' Roll (Chuck Berry, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers, etc.), Western Swing and old time Jazz. We play lots of Texas country, including Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison, Bob Wills, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, and Townes Van Zandt among others.
The band got together in January 2016, and had a terrific year with shows at Luckenbach, 30th Annual Grapefest, a 290 Texas House Concert sponsored by the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, and Oskar Blues among many others. Hot Pickin followed that up with over 100 shows in 2017.
The seeds for the band were planted in 1997. Max was 10 years old. He heard Bill Monroe on Austin City Limits, loved it, and his family started going to hear bluegrass at Artz Rib house in Austin, Texas. Max would tape Eddie Collins’s band, and listen to it for hours, and soon was taking lessons from Eddie. He started playing out a bit and got to do some shows with Eddie and other area pickers. Max, an award winning flat guitarist, returned to Austin after earning a degree at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (with majors in guitar and mandolin performance) and began several projects, including Hot Pickin 57s, One Eye Open, and a duo with Eddie.
Eddie Collins is a long-time Austin musician, having performed with many of the area’s top acoustic groups. He has nine solo CDs, which include many original tunes that can be heard on over twenty-five commercially released recordings. Eddie plays banjo, guitar, mandolin, and sings lead & harmony.
Mike Montgomery started classical violin training at age 10. He grew up also immersed in Old Timey and Bluegrass music. While he continued to study violin at college, his love of science led him to a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. Since graduating, Mike has been working as a professional astronomer, and his research has taken him to Vienna, Cambridge in the UK, and finally back to Austin. Since his return, he has played with Whit Smith's Hot Jazz Caravan, and artists such as Alan Munde, Billy Bright, and Eddie Collins, and now Hot Pickin 57s. Mike also sings harmony vocals.
Vance Hazen rounds out the band on upright bass and lead & harmony vocals. Born in Montana and raised in Ohio, he has branched out, touring across the US, Europe and Japan, playing electric and upright bass with a wide assortment of bands.
Hot Pickin released their debut self-titled CD in October 2017.