Hot Rize plays the streets of New York

Hot Rize has released a new music video, produced by Mason Jar Music, that finds them masquerading as street musicians in the Big Apple. Our heroes pick and sing one of their songs from the early days, while bemused cityfolk turn into delighted fans.

Pete Wernick, Hot Rize banjo man and the writer of this number, Your Light Leads Me On, said…

“As the only native New York City boy in the group, very familiar with Times Square, it was wild and weird to be picking banjo there, plowing along through the curious onlookers, not to mention Batman, the Statue of Liberty, Disney characters, etc. The lights of the giant video billboards really contrast ironically with what the song is about… a lonesome driver saying to the moon, ‘your light leads me on.’ “


The video was shot and edited by Ben Stamper and Sasha Arutyunova, with live audio by Jonathan Seale.

The reunited Hot Rize is still on tour. Look for their concert schedule online.

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